Dragnet For A Duskywing

Duskywing butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow at Raccoon Creek Park, PA, 5/06/08

Here’s one of my images that has long been prodding me, urging me to use it for a wingedbeauty.com post. Why have I kept it locked away from your sight? Try as I will with field guides, I cannot be sure which Duskywing butterfly it is?

A beauty it is, seen in Raccoon Creek State Park in Hookstown, Pennsylvania, about one hour west of Pittsburgh, and about 20 minutes or less east of the West Virginia-Pennsylvania line.

I dislike admitting, but Duskywings and many Skippers, well, they challenge, alot. Curt, Harry, Ken, Dave, or Jeff or Mr. Pyle, they’d all know.


2 thoughts on “Dragnet For A Duskywing

  1. Jeff, I’ve found that the people who know best tend to be collectors and academics. Put it up on one of the listservs that covers the area it came from and you will likely be able to get some expert opinion from those taxonomically “working” the area. They’re easy to join and you can usually set preferences such that you see it only when you go to their site. There are many “ringers” and local forms, too many to publish on paper much of anywhere, though web sites such as Butterflies of America will have a lot of them.


    • Thank you so much for all of your visits to wingedbeauty.com and for your thoughtful Comments. You know now how much I enjoy seeking and finding and sharing images and anecdotes. Interest as yours is much welcomed. I’d ask you now to introduce zablowfan, whom I have learned knows alot about our butterflies . . . .


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