Saturday, July 17, 2010

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Hylephila phyleus (Drury, 1773)

(click image to enlarge)

I learned something new today! This is a Skipper. I never heard of such a thing. Well I must admit the first thing I thought of was "The Skipper and Mary Ann", ya know, Gilligan's Island??? Anyway, I took this photo of a Skipper on the Lantana in M and I's front yard but had no idea what it was. So I email the photo to the world renowned "Bug Lady" who told me straight away it was a Skipper! She made me look it up though and I think I have identified it correctly as a Fiery Skipper. You can learn more about the Fiery Skipper here.

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn


SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hey, this "Bug Lady" seems to be useful to have around. LOL!!

This is a great shot Craig and I am pleased you found it. The way to tell them is the combination of the thick body (moths) and clubbed antennae (butterflies).

Your macro work is at a stage where I see I have some fierce competition!! :)

Gaelyn said...

Thank goodness for the Bug Lady. Your macro is superb and the Skipper a beauty.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Excellent shot.These guys are not very big so pose a challenge to photograph.

KaHolly said...

Great shot! Check out that eye! Wow! `Karen

Coy said...

I love the tiny skippers, they looks so cute with such huge eyes.

Nice catch Craig!