14 November 2012

More skippers at REGUA

I really like skippers! Species in this large butterfly family (Hesperiidae) are frequently difficult to identify, very flighty, and often inhabit the dark rainforest understorey which makes getting a half decent photo darn difficult, but this is all part of their appeal. Here's a few species I managed to photograph at REGUA back in September.

Pyrginae (Spreadwings)

Falcate Skipper Spathilepia clonius, Onofre Cunha, REGUA,
20 September 2012 - the second record for REGUA.

Glassy-winged Skipper Xenophanes tryxus, Onofre Cunha, REGUA,
20 September 2012

A very old Bifasciata or Blue-studded Skipper Sostrata bifasciata bifasciata,
Onofre Cunha, REGUA, 20 September 2012 - the first September record for
REGUA.

Pyrginae (Spreadwings): Longtails

Teleus Longtail Urbanus teleus, Guapi Assu Bird Lodge, REGUA,
19 September 2012 - the first September record for REGUA.

Teleus Longtail Urbanus teleus, Guapi Assu Bird Lodge, REGUA,
19 September 2012

Dorantes Longtail Urbanus dorantes, Light Blue Trail, REGUA,
22 September 2012

For more skippers photographed at REGUA this year see here. If you are interested in Neotropical skipper identification then take a look Kim Garwood's excellent Neotropical Butterflies website.

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