Chris J. Durden
drdn at mail.utexas.edu
Wed May 10 02:38:03 EDT 2000
My first thought was *Pyrgus (Scelothrix) "centaureae" wyandot* - the
WYANDOT GRIZZLED SKIPPER. Do you have any of its foodplant - the
yellow-flowered strawberry-like *Waldsteinia fragarioides*. This species
can be locally common in midwest Maryland, northern New Jersey, and on Long
Island, in spring.
At 03:49 10/05/00 EDT, you wrote:
>Christina, hmmmm...not much to go on! Did you check Pyrgus communis, the
>Common Checkered Skipper? This butterfly is quite small and can give the
>appearance of a browinish tinge in its usually grayish checkers, can be
>beautiful an overlooked...I don't know if it is around in Phila at this
>but I am near that latitude (OK that may be a lousy comparison) and there
>plenty flying around...any Hollyhock in the garden? It's one of their host
>plants though they aren't too picky.
>in CA andIn a message dated 5/9/00 4:45:56 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
>ciprit at snip.net writes:
>> Subj: unidentified butterfly
>> Date: 5/9/00 4:45:56 PM Pacific Daylight Time
>> From: ciprit at snip.net (ciprit)
>> Sender: owner-leps-l at lists.yale.edu
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>> To: leps-l at lists.yale.edu
>> I hope you all don't mind a casual butterfly observer asking for help
>> identifying a species.
>> In Philadelphia on Sun., May 7 at very approximately 2PM , I saw a
>> little (maybe 1-11/2" wingspan) butterfly on my lawn. It was brownish
>> and whitish (maybe some other color, too) with a kind of checkered
>> pattern. I couldn't get a very close look at it. Every time I tried to
>> lean near it, it went fluttering through the grass and also landed it
>> some wet dirt (puddling?). I had just watered some of my plants. If
>> this information helps, sage, lavender, and tulips--all in bloom-- were
>> nearby. Also, the leaves of various perennials are up in my garden--
>> two types of echinacea, shasta daisy, speedwell, two types of coreopsis,
>> New England aster, lilies, and various mums. I tried to consult my
>> Audobon Society Field Guide, but the only butterflies that looked
>> anything like it mostly have a range on the west coast (or at least far
>> west of here).
>> I would appreciate any ideas about what species I may have seen.
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