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Skipper Butterfly on Arachis pintoi

Potanthus niobe hyugai

Description:

Skipper butterfly endemic to the Philippines. This subspecies is native to the Northern Philippines

Habitat:

meadows, gardens. thickets. This one was foraging among my Arachis pintoi

1 Species ID Suggestions

Skipper Butterfly
Potanthus niobe hyugai Potanthus niobe


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5 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

It might be Taractrocera luzonensis - compare hind wing markings https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tarac...

Frankie Fernandez
Frankie Fernandez 7 years ago

Ok Mark! Calling on butterfly experts please?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Hi Frankie. I'm not comfortable with Jolly's ID on this one. On the hind wing there is a smaller yellow spot right between the larger two which doesn't seem to be on the wiki version (or other non-PN versions).... we need Jolly or bayucca to comment on this pattern difference. In my experience these variations are important to correct ID.

Frankie Fernandez
Frankie Fernandez 7 years ago

Thanks Mark Ridgway for the correction.
Thanks Jolly Ibanez for the ID. It is nice to learn it is an endemic butterfly.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Hi Frankie. Not a moth but a butterfly. These are called skippers or darts and the family is Hesperiidae. There are hundreds that look almost the same. :)

Frankie Fernandez
Spotted by
Frankie Fernandez

Quezon, Philippines

Spotted on Apr 7, 2014
Submitted on Apr 7, 2014

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