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Arctic Skipper

Carterocephalus palaemon


The upperside of this skipper's wings are dark orange/black with many orange spots. Underside of front wing - orange with black spots, hind wing orange with cream coloured spots. Wingspan: 1 - 1 1/4 inches (2.5 - 3.2 cm)


Often seen in open spaces in heavily forested areas, in marshes, meadows and beside streams. Adults eat nectar from various flowers.


I noticed this little skipper while walking through the marsh. He stood out because of all the orange spots on his wings. Very pretty and flashy. I had also spotted one earlier in the year, also in the marsh.

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1 Comment

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 7 years ago

What a sweet little skipper.

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Dryden, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jun 26, 2013
Submitted on Aug 27, 2013

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