ciprit at snip.net
Wed May 10 21:23:39 EDT 2000
"Chris J. Durden" wrote:
> 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.
> .......Chris Durden
I have what I think is wild strawberry with yellow flowers on my lawn--forgot to
mention that in my first post. I can't seem to find the Wyandot Grizzled
Skipper in my Audobon Field Guide.
> 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.
> >Doug Dawn
> >Woodland, CA
> >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
> >> Reply-to: <A HREF="mailto:ciprit at snip.net">ciprit at snip.net</A>
> >> 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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