Thursday, June 03, 2010

Skippers are along roadsides now


These little creatures above are skippers. Although they appear to me minature butterflies, they are nottruebutterflies. I love to find these tiny little minatures. Above this little skipper is feeding on Purple Vetch along the Mast Road at Three Tree Creek.
These photos are, I think, of a Peck's Skipper. Its average size is about 9/16 of an inch. These tiny winged butterfly creatures are known as Skippers; I have read that they are not considered true butterflies. They are very small and their bodies appear proportionally larger to their wings than a true butterfly's does and their wings have an angular appearance to them. For these photos I used a Canon 75-300mm lens.

11 comments:

madcobug said...

Very good and pretty shots. Helen

bobbie said...

Skippers are fun. I must get out to the Wetlands Institute. Their gardens are always full of them.

Mary said...

I like them, too. Their big dark eyes always look so pretty and I like the way they sit sometimes in "jet fighter" position :-) I'm no good at identifying them, however!

Anonymous said...

We don't havew them around here, or at least I havenever seen any however with your great pics..hey...I will go to bed tonight a bit less dumb.

BTW, when I was a kid we used to attach length of thread on a June Bug's leg and it would fly in circles over or heads. It was a neat kid thing

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Stephanie V said...

I don't think we have skippers here. At least I don't remember ever seeing this kind of non-butterfly/

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These pictures are amazing.
Blessings,Ruth

me ann my camera said...

Exit and Stephanie V. Thank you both for your comments. I had never heard of or seen skippers until a few years ago when I started looking more closely at nsture through my camera lens. Then I starting noticing things I hadn't noticed before. then as I got more curious I started buying field guide books. I find it exciting and challenging searching for and finding the name and identification of some creature I hadn't know of before. F. Ann

me ann my camera said...

Mary: about identifying skippers. I have a book that I love that I use to help me identify butterflies and skippers. titled: Butterflies Through Binoculars The East A Filed guide to the butterfies of Eastern North America by Jeffrey Glassberg, Oxford University Press, 1999, New York.
Ann

me ann my camera said...

Bobbie, I wish you luck in your pursuit of skippers.
Ann

Kay said...

Wonderful photos, Ann. I would have guessed that they were moths because they look rather furry.

Becky and Gary said...

I'm still looking for these little guys, but don't see them here.
B.