Another You’ll Never Ever See?

Rare Skipper, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Brunswick, GA

Flipping the pages of my copy of Jeffrey Glassberg’s Swift Guide to Butterflies of North America (Princeton University Press, 2nd Edition), I stopped often, to acknowledge how fortunate I’ve been these years. I stopped on page 392, at this little under-appreciated, the Salt Marsh Skipper. Glassberg notes they are “U-A.” Uncommon to Abundant.

They fly from Rhode Island all the way along the coast to Texas. That sounds like a great swath of the United States. Yet, no. They’re only found in salt marshes that line the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. That’s just say from Rhode Island all the way to Texas, but, that Big but, just in the Saltgrass, perhaps no farther than 50 feet or less from the waters’ edge.

So those in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi Louisiana and Texas can only see a Salt Marsh Skipper if the search for it within some 50 feet of the shoreline, in Saltgrass.

Sort of hidden in plain view, no? John and Nancy led me to this one, in Brunswick, Georgia. Another one you’ll likely never see?


2 thoughts on “Another You’ll Never Ever See?

  1. Ah I have seen many of th Salt Marsh Skippers but I am lucky to live in FL. Merritt Island and it’s Black Point drive is the place to be. You remind me of a March visit when the thistle and alba Biden’s are blooming. I saw many Skippers on that visit and was so in awe to hit this bonanza. The Salt Marsh is the most common butterfly there. Imagine to find a place with hundreds of butterflies all along the drive. It is just a Wow!

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    • Ah a second time. So what they say of you is correct, You are the 1 in 500,000. You reside near the salt marsh, and (the big and!) you actually go out and seek (and find) Salt Marsh Skippers!


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