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Skipper


Skipper
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Copyright: Donald Ainsworth (deains) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 16] (138)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Power Shot G3, Canon 1.5X Multiplier
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-18 10:02
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Points: 0
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This little skipper ia hard to get a shot of, but did get this one with it's wings open.
Identification: Upperside of male is brown with reddish-orange patches; forewing has a sinuous stigma. Female is darker with no stigma. Underside of the hindwing of both sexes has a patch of large yellow spots in the center surrounded by dark brown.

Life history: Males perch in sunny open areas to await receptive females, and courtship takes place throughout the day. Females lay eggs singly; caterpillars eat leaves and live in leaf shelters. Caterpillars and chrysalids hibernate.

Flight: Two to three broods from May-October.

Caterpillar hosts: Rice cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides); probably bluegrass (Poa pratensis) and others.

Adult food: Nectar from flowers including red clover, purple vetch, thistles, selfheal, New York ironweed, blue vervain, common milkweed, swamp milkweed, dogbane, and New Jersey tea.

Habitat: Many open grassy habitats including meadows, prairies, lawns, marshes, landfills, roadsides, vacant lots, and power line right-of-ways.

Range: British Columbia east across southern Canada to Nova Scotia; south to northeastern Oregon, southern Colorado, northwest Arkansas, and northern Georgia.

source: http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/lepid/bflyusa/bflyusa.htm

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-18 17:22]

Very nice shot of this Hesperiidae!
Beautiful colours!
Nice POV too!

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