Monday, June 25, 2012

Delaware Skipper

Skippers are small, difficult-to-identify butterflies. The key to this Delaware Skipper is the black lines on the upper wings. Erika, Scott K., and I encountered this male in Carleton College's Upper Arboretum. The species is widespread across most of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains where it is usually fairly common. Adults feed on pink and white flowers (milkweeds, mints, fleabane, and thistles, among others) while various grasses serve as hosts for the caterpillars (Butterfliesandmoths.org).

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