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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Moth ID, please or is it a brown butterfly.

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Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 19, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9246923

Not very large, fluttering all around, but when it landed, it stayed for a long time. Landed on grass debris, didn't see it visit a flower.

Any one know what it is?


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Minot, ND

August 19, 2012
7:01 PM

Post #9247059

It's skipper (family Hesperiidae) - could be one of the cloudywings...


Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 19, 2012
10:57 PM

Post #9247190

Thanks, Flapdoodle;

Mine sure does look like a Cloudywing Skipper (not a moth). I saw Northern and a Southern versions.

The ones I researched look like mine, but none had the same pattern of white marks on their wings - I'm speaking of the 4 marks all in a row, with the second one down looking like is was inserted side-ways between #1 and #3.

Do you know if there is any significance to the pattern/number of white marks on their wings?

Minot, ND

August 20, 2012
6:10 PM

Post #9248273

IMHO, the relative positions of the spots would appear to be more important than any differences in the sizes of the spots.


Columbus, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 21, 2012
12:47 PM

Post #9249112

Thanks, that's what I was thinking - position.
Barling, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2013
3:29 PM

Post #9373437

A Duskywing skipper. For your area, three are likely. Juvenal's, Zarrucco,or Horace's. Based upon the time of year and wing patterns, this butterfly appears to be a male Horace's duskywing.

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