Skippers and other Butterflies

Some pictures and observations about them, mostly from Pennsylvania and some links and books I like.

All Photos Copyright by mike Slater.

 A male Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) in Brecknock Twp. Berks Co. PA.                                Photograph by Mike Slater, September 2008

 Female Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan), Fort Indiantown Gap,  Lebanon Co., PA                             July 10, 2009     Photo by Mike Slater


Black Dash  Euphyes conspicua New June  27, 2011

Broad-winged Skipper  Poanes viator

Checkered Skipper, Common  Pyrgus communis updated July, 22, 2011

Common Sootywing Pholisora catullus

Delaware Skipper Anatrytone logan

Dreamy Duskywing Erynnis icelus updated June 7, 2011

Dun Skipper  Euphyes vestris updated June 30, 2011

Dusted Skipper Atrytonopsis hianna updated June 30, 2011

European Skipper  Thymelicus lineola 

Fiery Skipper   Hylephila phyleus updated September 2010

Hoaryedge  Achalarus lyciades updated September 2010

Hobomok Skipper Poanes hobomok

Horace's Duskywing  Erynnis horatius updated June 7, 2011

 Juvenal's Duskywing  Erynnis juvenalis

Least Skipper  Ancyloxypha numitor

Leonard's Skipper Hesperia leonardus

Little Glassywing  Pompeius verna

Long-dash Skipper Polites mystic updated June 7, 2013

Mulberrywing  Poanes massasoit

Northern Brokendash  Wallengrenia egeremet new Dec. 2009

Northern Cloudywing  Thorybes pylades  new Dec. 2009

Ocola Skipper Panoquina ocola

Pecks Skipper Polites peckius updated June 7, 2011

Pepper & Salt Skipper Amblyscirtes hegon new June 2011

Roadside Skipper, Common Amblyscirtes vialis New July 9, 2010

Sachem Atalopedes campestris

Silver-spotted Skipper  Epargyreus clarus updated June 7, 2011

Sleepy Duskywing  Erynnis brizo new June 7, 2011

Southern Cloudywing  Thorybes bathyllus new July 9, 2010

Swarthy Skipper Nastra lherminier updated June 7, 2013

Tawny-edged Skipper  Polites themistocles updated June 2011

Two-spotted Skipper Euphyes bimacula

Wild indigo duskywing   Erynnis baptisiae

Zabulon Skipper Poanes zabulon

Other butterfly and Moth links and resources


Butterflies and Moths of North America

Lepidopterists Society

Moth Photographers Group 

North American Butterfly Association

Xerces Society for Invertebrate conservation

Other insect sites


Bee Hunt

Xerces Society for Invertebrate conservation

        Pollinator Resource Center

        Bumble Bee Conservation

Butterfly ID Books I use

Butterflies of the East Coast by Cech & Tudor This book is to big for a field guide, but I keep it handy by my chair for quick reference all the time when I am at home! This is my goto book for information on habitat, ID, host plants and ecological information on butterflies here in my part of the east coast.

    There is a much newer edition out for the whole East Coast but I still like this old one because it has a more focused range with fewer identification choices to wade through.

Kauffman Field Guide to Butterflies This is a good book, well organized and full of good identification information but, for beginners it can be over whelming.  It covers all of North America and gives me way too many geographically unlikely possibilities to wade through on a search for an unfamiliar butterfly.

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Snout  (Libytheana carinenta) photographed by Mike Slater near Lake Ontelaunee, Berks Co. Pa, June 2010

 Milbert's Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti  syn  Nymphalis milberti), Berks Co. PA, October 2009                                         Photo by Mike Slater

Other Butterflies

American Copper  Lycaena phlaeas

American Painted Lady  Vanessa virginiensis

Aphrodite Fritillary Speyeria aphrodite  new Dec. 2009

Appalachian Brown Satyrodes appalachia

Azure species ? Celastrina sp.

Atlantis Fritillary  Speyeria atlantis

Banded Hairstreak     Satyrium calanus updated September  2010

Baltimore   Euphydryas phaeton

Black Swallowtail  Papilio polyxenes updated June 2011

Bog Copper  Lycaena epixanthe

Bronze Copper  Lycaena hyllus updated September 2010

Brown Elfin Callophrys augustinus  Updated April 2010

Buckeye common Junonia coenia     updated Dec. 2009

Cabbage White Pieris rapae

Common Ringlet  Coenonympha tullia  new June 2011

Coral Hairstreak  Satyrium titus

Eastern Comma Polygonia comma new Dec. 2009

Eastern tailed blue Cupido comyntas

Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresophontes new Spetember 3,  2011

Gray Comma  Polygonia progne updated June 7, 2011

Gray_Hairstreak Strymon melinus

Great-spangled Fritillary  Speyeria cybele updated June 20, 2009

Hackberry Emperor  Asterocampa celtis

Harris' Checkerspot   Chlosyne harrisii   updated June 2011

Harvester Feniseca tarquinius new September 2010

Hickory Hairstreak  Satyrium caryaevorus  new Dec. 2009

Juniper Hairstreak (Olive Hairstreak) Callophrys gryneus gryneus updated  July 22, 2011

Little Wood Satyr Megisto cymela

Little Yellow  Pyrisitia lisa added September 2010

Meadow Fritillary   Boloria bellona

Milberts Tortiseshell    Aglais milberti  (syn  Nymphalis milbertinew Oct. 2009

Monarch Danaus plexippus  new Dec. 2009

Mourningcloak Nymphalis antiopa updated June 7, 2011

Metalmark,  Northern Calephelis borealis new July 22,2011

Orange Sulfur Colias eurytheme  new Dec. 2009

Painted Lady   Vanessa cardui  new Oct. 2009

 Pearl Crescent Phyciodes tharos new Dec. 2009

Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

Questionmark  Polygonia interrogationis

Red-banded Hairstreak Calycopis cecrops

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta  new Dec. 2009

Red-spotted Purple Limenitis arthemis

Regal Fritillary  Speyeria idalia additions  July 9, 2010

Silver-bordered Fritillary Boloria selene

Silvery Checkerspot Chlosyne nycteis

Sleepy Orange  Abaeis nicippe  new September 2010

Snout  Libytheana carinenta new September 2010

Spicebush Swallowtail Papilio troilus

Striped Hairstreak  Satyrium liparops June 19, 2010

Summer Azure Celastrina neglectanew Dec. 2009

Tawny Emperor Asterocampa clyton

Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Papilio glaucus

Variegated Fritillary  Euptoieta claudia  new Dec. 2009

Viceroy Limenitis archippus  updated Oct. 16,  2009

White-M Hairstreak  Parrhasius m-album updated June 7, 2013

Woodnymph, common  Cercyonis pegala updated June 7, 2013

Zebra Swallowtail   Eurytides marcellus  updated 8/1/11


Butterflies seen on Vacation

    NorthcentralTexas Late  March 27 - April 2, 2010

    North Central Texas butterflies - May 2014

    Western Washington State - August 9 - 19, 2010