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Fiery skipper

Hylephila phyleus


This butterfly was skipping around some wildflowers, and decided to take the rest stop on some leaves. Fiery skippers, along with all other species of skippers and skipperlings, can hold their wings in a "triangle" shape. The fore wings are held upright, and the hind wings are folded flat. This position is thought to better absorb the sun's rays. The butterfly has bright orange under, and and some black markings inside of the wings.


In my garden, Fort Worth, Texas.


The fiery skipper lives in North and South America, from Canada to Argentina. It is a migratory species.

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Spotted on Jul 2, 2020
Submitted on Jul 14, 2020

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