Late Arrival

I took a break to walk around the yard before lunch. A frost affected most remaining flowers. The only butterflies I saw was an orange sulphur and common buckeye. Then … Then I just happened to be in the right place at the right time when this checkered skipper flew in.

I thought it was a species that emigrated northward through the summer and fall.  Online research showed their year-round range covered most of the U.S. I just don’t see them until fall.

Checkered Skippers (Pyrgus communis) have a 3/4 to 1 1/4 inch wingspan. They lay eggs on mallows, hollyhocks and hibiscus.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Better late than never! How great to be in the right place at the right time, and with a camera in hand! 🙂

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  2. Posted by Therese on November 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

    So sweet! Butterflies look as if they were painted.

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  3. Nice shot. I think out butterflies are all gone, but I hope to be surprised.

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