Saturday, August 08, 2009

Silver-spotted Skipper

In a previous post, I mentioned having trouble getting a Silver-spotted Skipper to sit still long enough for me to take a photograph of it. A couple days ago, I found a more cooperative individual and took a few pictures. This one was feeding on a Buddleia, or butterfly bush.

Silver-spotted Skippers belong to the spread-wing skippers (subfamily Pyrginae). The species is widespread and common across much of North America. Unlike most other skippers (the "little brown jobs" among butterflies), this species is easily identifiable for the irregular white patch on its hindwing.