A Cobweb Skipper

I usually go out two or three times a day to take pictures. This morning I just happened to be in the right place at the right time!

Wingstem, and its underground runners, have taken over most of my spring wildflower garden.

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My morning walk-about started with my spring wildflower garden.

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A little spread-winged skipper and

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a monarch butterfly both fed on the winged crownbeard.

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My mind kept saying “cobweb skipper,” even though I’d never seen one before.

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Well, my mind was right. It was a cobweb skipper.

I took ten pictures in two minutes before the skipper “skipped” away.

It gets even more exciting … I knew from past years of extensive butterfly watching, that the cobweb skipper (Hesperia metea) was not in our area.

Come to find out, it’s on the Illinois state endangered list. It’s only known as a permanent resident in an eastern county in the middle of the state along the Mississippi River. There used to be three locations near the one the Mississippi river too. It was first collected in Illinois in 1978.

I will report the sighting to a state heritage biologist and will be anxious to hear what he has to say.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Great find, congratulations!


  2. This is another one I’ve never seen or heard of. Nice shots!


    • I talked to a state biologist a while ago. There’s only one breeding place in the state. The other records are old. I don’t know if there’s any breeding here or if it was just passing through.


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