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Fiery Skipper

Hylephila phyleus

Description:

approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. The males are orange or yellow with black spots while the females are dark brown with orange or yellow spots. The caterpillars are greenish pink with a black head. The caterpillars are often considered pests and can feed on bermudagrass, creeping bentgrass, and St. Augustine grass.Fiery skippers, along with all other species of skippers and skipperlings, can hold their wings in "triangle" shape. The forewings are held upright, and the hindwings are folded flat. This position is thought to better absorb the sun's rays.

Habitat:

Garden


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2 Comments

keithp2012
keithp2012 6 years ago

Thank You, I looked and thats what they are, a male and female.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

It is a skipper butterfly, I think it is a Fiery skipper.

West Babylon, New York, USA

Lat: 40.70, Long: -73.35

Spotted on Aug 23, 2012
Submitted on Aug 23, 2012

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