Whirlabout Skipper

Skipper Butterfly at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, SC

Good. This Whirlabout Skipper is absolutely “fresh.” He sports the “vivid” coloration described by Cech and Tudor in their wonderful book, Butterflies of the East Coast.

Where did we happen onto this beautiful display of brown and yellowish-orange? We found him at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina, just 15 minutes drive from Savannah, Georgia.

I’ve always favored brown shoes, suits and ties…and now gorgeous brown skippers.

Polites vibex is a Southern species, so we had to come enjoy Savannah, Tybee Island beaches and this Natonal Wildlife Refuge to make its acquaintance.

Cech and Tudor describe how Whirlabouts prefer hot, sunny, exposed open spaces. This guy was in exactly such a place. The sun was powerful that morning, the mosquitoes were not especially shy and the ‘gators were lazily swimming along the extensive canals that bordered the trails of the refuge. At one time a rice plantation, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is a superb place to seek butterflies. The Viceroys, Gulf fritillaries, Variegated fritillaries and Skippers are so richly, sharply colored. I had one of those Thank you G-d moments. Albert Bierstadt and Ansel Adams and their ilk surely had such moments. And to think that such experiences are still possible, without jetting to Mongolia or Madagascar!

Jeffrey

4 thoughts on “Whirlabout Skipper

    • Thanks! it’s nice to balance your Northwest and My Northeast with a sweet Southeastern post.
      i’ve recently read Pyle’s Maricopa Road book. Are your butterflies as beautiful as he wrote they are?
      Jeff

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      • Hi there Jeffery,
        You know, I have no clue never read it haha! ;0) I do think our butterflies are pretty, all of them are in my book haha!
        We just had a painted lady show up the other day just as flighty as can be!! I am thinking perhaps because we had a wildfire burning at the time and drove her here to the house??
        I think it is great that I can see what you have over in your neck of the woods!! :0)

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