Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Couple of Skippers

This is one of the most common butterflies seen in my part of the country. It's called the Long-tailed Skipper. It's very distinguishable because of the long tail. It has a blue coloration on its back, if you can see that area of the butterfly. As you can see, they are fond of Mexican sunflowers (tithonia.) They are also fond of lantana. Click the photo to get a larger view where you can see better.

Yet another butterfly to add to the list of those found in my yard. This is a Checkered Skipper. Rhonda found this one and quickly got the camera so we could get a picture. This one was roosting on my vitex shrub. There are quite a few members of the skipper family and this is one of the most attractive.

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