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Snow Flat

Tagiades trebellius martinus


Hesperiidae; Pyrginae; Tagiades trebellius martinus Plötz 1884. "(Pyrginae)...Spread-winged skippers bask with their wings held wide open. The wings are held closed when they are at rest. They are usually brown, black, or checkered, but some are brilliantly coloured. Some have long tailed hind wings...Males maintain territories and frequently perch on overhanging branches and tree trunks. They do not visit flowers for sustenance, but rather drink fluids from dung, carrion, and rotting fruit." Wikipedia.


Spotted basking in the morning sunshine on a pot plant in our front yard. In view of Wikipedia's notes on the rather gross nutritional habits of Pyrginae, I should mention that we have three pet dogs which occasionally "poop" in our front yard. This is, of course, cleaned up as soon as it is seen, but if the dogs do this during the night, it will not be dealt with until daybreak. This is very likely what attracted this butterfly to visit us.


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John B.
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John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 26, 2016
Submitted on Jun 20, 2022

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