Posts Tagged ‘forewing’

A Dragonfly Surprise

I took a few minutes to walk around the backyard, looking for any new visitors.

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The male widow skimmer dragonflies have been hanging around in my two small gardens. I didn’t see this other visitor until I got the pictures in the computer. There’s a tiny red mite on the dragonfly’s side. Two other skimmers also had a mite on them.

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  The males have the yellow stripe on their abdomen like the females do. The female widow skimmers lack the white patch on their forewings, and the male’s abdomen will turn a powder blue.

 

Least Skipper

They’re not called a least skipper for nothing.

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The least skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor) wingspan measures 7/8 to 1 1/8 inches. It only posed for one picture. This picture shows the yellowish underside of the hindwing, and the lighter outer band on the underside of the forewing. Their caterpillars feed on grasses.

A Skipper and a Bee

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A dun skipper (Euphyes vestris) stopped to nectar on a purple coneflower.

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Folded wing skippers hold their hindwings out flat and angle their forewings. The dun’s wingspan measures 1  1/8 – 1  3/8 inch inches

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A small bee stopped for pollen.