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Arctic Skipper

Carterocephalus palaemon


A small butterfly, only about an inch long, maybe smaller, yellow spots on dark brown.. Body is fairly fat.


Found it in the countryside, near Sherwood park, Alberta. There were a few fluttering around in the tall grasses and clovers.


Jellis 8 years ago

The better site is Butterlies and Moths of North America.

activistbritt 8 years ago

Cool thank you!

activistbritt 8 years ago

Awesome thanks! That's a great site, can't figure what exactly this guy is but he does indeed look like a skipper :)

bayucca 8 years ago

Hesperiidae/Skipper, Heteropterinae, Carterocephalus palaemon. It is quite a variable skipper.

Rebecca Deatsman
Rebecca Deatsman 8 years ago

Hi! I don't know the specific species off the top of my head, but what you have here is actually a butterfly, not a moth - specifically it's something in the Skipper family. (The fat body is typical of this family. Another thing to look for is a kink near the end of each antenna.)

The BugGuide page for Skippers may be helpful if you want to figure out the species:

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Spotted on May 26, 2013
Submitted on May 29, 2013

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