unidentified butterfly

ciprit 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
> quite
> >beautiful an overlooked...I don't know if it is around in Phila at this
> time,
> >but I am near that latitude (OK that may be a lousy comparison) and there
> are
> >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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