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ID please
Daniel, I haven’t sent in a req. for ID in quite some time, but need a little help with this one…I believe it to be a type of Dusky Wing Skipper, but cannot find this exact one anywhere. Any help you can give will be most appreciated…=-)) Still visit often and wishing you and Lisa Anne a Merry Christmas and great Holiday Season….!
Pat Garner
Hawk Point, MO

Hi Pat,
You are correct in thinking this is a Skipper, but it is not a Dusky Wing. It is Hayhurst’s Scallopwing, Staphylus hayhurstii. The larval food plant is lambsquarters.

Spectacular tail
This hawk moth has a really spectacular, long tail. From head to the tip of the tail it’s probably 2 inches long. The spots on the wing are clear. This was photographed in my flower garden in Friendsood, Texas.
Bruce Wright

Hi Bruce,
This is not a Hawkmoth. It is a Longtailed Skipper, a butterfly. Thanks for sending in your great photo.

Help – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Hi,
Can you help identify this bug? It reminded me of the humming bird moth untill I got a closer look at it. I was happy to be able to get so many pictures. This is the first time that I have seen this one and would like to know more about it. Thanks for your help. PS I FORGOT TO MENTION IN THE FIRST E-MAIL THAT I LIVE IN THE UPPER NORTHWEST CORNER OF PENNA. NEAR ERIE, AND THIS THING IS UNUSUALL FOR MY AREA.
Debbie Smith

Hi Debbie,
This is a Long-Tailed Skipper, Urbanus proteus, a butterfly, not a moth. Though they are more common in the south, you are withing the range of the species.

My Two New Butterflies — Longtail Skipper and Checker Skipper
The butterfly that I NEVER seen before your website is the Longtail Skipper. What a cutie!! Then I noticed the Checker Skipper seconds later. The Longtail was in and around my garage — too dark for me to focus well. Then the Checker Skipper was in the direct sunlight and it was too bright for me to focus well. THEN my battery died. Ugh!! The attached pics are alright but not as good as I had hoped for. I should have gone to your website first to ID the Checker Skipper!! Since it’s pattern is so striking and I vaguely remembered a butterfly called a Checker, I searched “Checker Butterfly” and got the Checkerspot Butterfly… It went downhill from there until I ended up on the USFWS website and you know all about THAT!! I forgot to mention this earlier, I think I even had a Red Admiral in my yard today. I kid you not, it was like Grand Central Station. What a fun day!! Also, I forgot the flower info. You probably know the flower that the Longtail Skipper is on by now, if you didn’t already — the Mexican Sunflower. The Checker Skipper is on a Cosmos.
Jacqui

Hi Jacqui,
We are beginning to think that you alone could supply us with a steady stream of new images each day. Thanks for sending us your two Skipper images.

double butterfly wings on moth body
My husband captured this one of a kind bug with the camera yesterday 7/14/07 in the South Texas region. It is a cross between a butterfly (it has four regular multi colored wings) and a moth (large body). It does not look like a hummingbird moth, as we have those in our flower gardens in the summer.(attached our photos) We have not seen this new little guy before. Fuzzy yellow body, large yellow head, four multi colored yellow & black wings, similar to a butterfly. What is it? Found NO photo anywhere of this outstanding specimen, or anything even similar~is it a different species of hummingbird moth, or some strange cross breed butterfly moth?

Tersa Sphinx Grass Skipper

Your moth is a Tersa Sphinx and the butterfly is a Grass Skipper.

double butterfly wings on moth body
My husband captured this one of a kind bug with the camera yesterday 7/14/07 in the South Texas region. It is a cross between a butterfly (it has four regular multi colored wings) and a moth (large body). It does not look like a hummingbird moth, as we have those in our flower gardens in the summer.(attached our photos) We have not seen this new little guy before. Fuzzy yellow body, large yellow head, four multi colored yellow & black wings, similar to a butterfly. What is it? Found NO photo anywhere of this outstanding specimen, or anything even similar~is it a different species of hummingbird moth, or some strange cross breed butterfly moth?

Tersa Sphinx Grass Skipper

Your moth is a Tersa Sphinx and the butterfly is a Grass Skipper.