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Glassy-winged Skipper

Xenophanes tryxus


A Spreadwing Skipper with clear patches on the wings. These little skippers rarely spend more than a few seconds in one place. They bask on leaves with wings outstretched before darting off again.


Seen along a path through Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, a mosaic of elongated lagoons, connected by creeks, savannas and logwood thickets.

1 Species ID Suggestions

White Checkered Skipper
Pyrgus albescens Butterflies of North America - Pyrgus albescens

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James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

Beautiful images either way Pam!

pamsai 6 years ago

James... My impression was that the patches were clear, though it's not so visible on my poor photos. Though I think the green shows through on Photos 1 & 2. And it seems the row of spots around he Checkered border is missing in my photo. Difficult though, because the spot pattern looks so similar.

James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

Pam the patches on your shots so not look transparent and there are a number of types of checkered skippers. The wing pattern looks right on images I have found. But you saw the butterfly up close so I bow to your choice

pamsai 6 years ago

James, what do you think of this ID?

pamsai 6 years ago

thanks James. But this is definitely one of the Spreadwings and quite a bit larger than the Checkered Skipper. I have photos of that also.

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Belize District, Belize

Spotted on Jul 29, 2015
Submitted on Aug 17, 2015

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