Zabulon Skipper Butterfly

30 05 2012

Poanes zabulon is no stranger to those of us who seek out butterflies. They are flying for much of the late Spring and through the summer.

Zabulon skippers are one of many species of Skipper butterflies known as Grass skippers. They are quite small and many of them are difficult to identify.

Our female Zabulon here is easier to recognize. She is ‘fresh’ with distinct colors, mahogany-brown, yellow and that almost flashy purply-white outer wing markings.

When I began learning about and seeking butterflies, I had an instantaneous connection with Zabulon skippers because of our …………………………

Legions of preteens and teens will surely recognize this one as a certifiable “pookie.”

Jeffrey


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3 06 2012
Scott

I recently photographed a butterfly that might be a Zabulon Skipper, with similar markings, but it’s a lot lighter and orangish. Skippers can be pretty tought to ID!

3 06 2012
Jeffrey Zablow

Scott,
The female Zabulon (‘fresh’) is one of the less challenging ones. I’ve gotten some good images but it’s true, many are difficult to conclusively identify. The most authoritative lepid’s confide this.
Keep at it, it’s a rewarding challenge.




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