Fiery Skipper
Hylephila phyleus
September 4, 2011

  The fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus) is a common butterfly in the southern United States but increasingly rare as one goes north. Two weeks ago I had a few photos of one and wondered whether I should put up a single-photo page. Lucky that I waited, because last week I encountered three different fiery skippers, and so had a good choice of photos for today of a male fiery skipper. In 2012, I added a female fiery skipper to my pages. (However, in hindsight, I see that the second and third photos are probably of females on this page; well, the other female page has its own photographic joys.)
Fiery skipper, wings closed
  Seeing the tiny dots on the underwing is the easiest ID for a fiery skipper.

As for size, I'd say about a thumbnail (in comparison to a least skipper, which would be a pinky nail). To make size a little easier, a medium-size bumblebee perched near a fiery skipper.

Fiery Skipper, with bumblebee
  A fiery skipper enjoying thistle nectar.
Fiery skipper on thistle
  Given their size, a fiery skipper (and all skippers, for that matter) has enormous eyes.

Photo note: I used the Pentax K20D, with Sigma 150-500mm lens (first photo) and the Voigtlander 125mm macro lens (second and third photos), taken during the latter half of August 2011.

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