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Duskywing Skipper butterfly

Erynnis sp.


A Duskywing Skipper -- a brownish-black, medium-size butterfly -- feeding on a Purple Coneflower (Echinacea sp.). This butterfly is either a Juvenal's Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis) or a Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius). According to Ken Larsen, a well-known local butterfly expert, timing is everything: "The Juvenal's is an early breed (until June or July) and the Horace's is a later breed (July or later). If the picture were taken in July, then it is anyone's guess." Since the photos were taken on June 20th, it seems more likely this is a Juvenal's Duskywing.


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Geodialist 11 years ago

I just added another photo to this spotting. Somehow, I overlooked the fourth photo in the set. Doh!

Geodialist 11 years ago

I shot the photo using my iPhone 3GS (now semi-retired); I cropped and adjusted the photo using Apple Aperture. Unrelated question: Is the wildlife in the Philippines similar to the wildlife in China?

CanadaHawaii 11 years ago

Awesome contrast! Is that from the 4 or the 3gs? "Or with a "real" camera?

AshleyBradford 11 years ago

Nice patterning on the wings.

Carolina 11 years ago

Sorry Geodialist! :(

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

That's okay, it happens. Just thought I'd give you a heads up.

Geodialist 11 years ago

Couldn't agree with you more, Dan! Apparently something went terribly wrong when I edited the spotting to remove the "Great Pollinator Project" mission (per Carolina's comment).

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

I don't think this belongs in the Global Dragonfly mission.

Carolina 11 years ago

Hi Geodialist! Remember the Great Pollinator Project mission is only for the NYC area :)

Liam 11 years ago

It is a Horace's. Juvenal's would be more patterned.

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Hybla Valley, Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jun 20, 2011
Submitted on Oct 18, 2011

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