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Small Blue-ish Skipper Butterfly

Narcosius spp.

Description:

small black and blue butterfly [blue on 'shoulders' only. hairy back.

Habitat:

tropical/subtropical

Notes:

I only had chance for one shot, it flew away and i cudn't keep up to get the best open-winged shot!

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago
Narcosius sp. Narcosius thumbnails


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14 Comments

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Welcome and Merry Christmas!

Vin Zael
Vin Zael 9 years ago

trhanks bayuka, i had tried google and no luck and have found a butterfly field guide, guess i would have had to spend great time to figure his creature out as an no b-fly expert! much appreciated on this incite, this is the only photo i got as it pretty hasty at escaping the shot after this only attempt have not spotted another specimen! season greetings

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

It is not Egregius and not even Astraptes sp., as I also thought at first sight. But the grey head is not typical for this skipper. It is Narcosius sp., also a Hesperiidae/Skipper. Unfortunately it is not possible to get a closer ID with your shot and all Narcosius looks almost identical. Sorry!
http://butterfliesofamerica.com/t/Narcos...

Vin Zael
Vin Zael 10 years ago

the last link does look like it

Vin Zael
Vin Zael 10 years ago

sadly this is the only pic i got, now am wishing i had one with its wings wide open! but great enuf nimkar! had a nice Id-ing! will be on the lookout for another of this species!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

You may finalize with following...
http://www.butterfliesofamerica.com/astr...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

yes..!
In Astraptes genus egregius specie has black abdomen like your spotting and only one white strip on each wing.

Vin Zael
Vin Zael 10 years ago

to confirm the species is a challenge! the flickr image has a blue hairs! while my one has black. wonder if there are stages or different morphs or a variety of species or subspecies! the species you gave me seems to be a diff specimen! this is challenging! jeje

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

This Genus called or famous as Flasher..!!

Vin Zael
Vin Zael 10 years ago

muchas gracias AshishNimkar, i've liked the link on FB!, jeje! it's all good stuff and getting to know what the shot really is, is just great! thanks a lot!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Following link may help you...
http://blog.insectmuseum.org/?p=920

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Astraptes egregius

Vin Zael
Vin Zael 10 years ago

yes man!!!! looks like it!!! a skipper! i remember my one bigger, maybe becaz i was closer to it. cool!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

This may similar to following Skipper...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdbeazley/5...

Vin Zael
Spotted by
Vin Zael

Belmopan, Cayo, Belize

Spotted on Jun 23, 2010
Submitted on Aug 25, 2011

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