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Tawny-edged Skipper

Polites themistocles

Description:

A small brown and orange butterfly (Skipper?)

Habitat:

In a large area of native prairie grasses and wildflowers, near woods and fresh water (creek and lake)

Notes:

This type of butterfly (Skipper?) really seem to like these wildflowers as I frequently find them dining there. Does anyone know why flash would turn their eyes blue/green? I usually only have that trouble with night time insects (spiders, moths, etc...) Just curious. :-)

7 Comments

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

LuckyLogan-Far closer than I would have gotten! Thank you again!! :-)))

LuckyLogan
LuckyLogan 6 years ago

There appears to be white spots on the Crossline Skipper outer wing. I'm not saying mine is 100% correct though. It's very hard to tell with skippers.

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

venusflytrap2000-Thank you! :-)))

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

great spotting, janelle!

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

LuckyLogan-The WI link says only one that is similar or mistaken for: http://wisconsinbutterflies.org/butterfl... but your suggestion looks more similar in my opinion. WI and MN should have fairly similar species, I'd think...?

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

LuckyLogan-I can't thank you enough for all your help today. You're the best! Thank you!! :-)))

LuckyLogan
LuckyLogan 6 years ago

There are around 38 reported species of Skipper in Minnesota, and many look very similar. My suggestion was just a quick look through of about 25 of the species.

JanelleL.Streed
Spotted by
JanelleL.Streed

Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Jul 24, 2013
Submitted on Feb 23, 2014

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