strange find

John V. Calhoun bretcal at
Sat May 17 15:57:37 EDT 1997

TOrouke at AOL.COM wrote:
> I have found in my pasture in North Atlanta what by all indications is the
> distinctive
> Umber Skipper paratryone melane!!!  

This indeed is an interesting record.  It sounds as though you found 
only a single specimen. Is it a male or female?  There are a couple of 
native skippers which can resemble melane, including Atalopedes 
campestris (a highly variable species--especially females).  Also, if it 
truly melane, the subspecific identity could give you a better idea of 
its origin (P. m. melane occurs in California and northern Baja 
California; P. m. vitellina is mostly Mexican, but has been found in the 
southwestern U.S.).  The nominate subspecies possesses more orange 
overscaling on the upperside.  Keep us posted.

John Calhoun

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