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Friday, March 28, 2014

Skippers, and more skippers

Just couldn't quite finish the curb today. Will finish in the morning and take a photo. Meanwhile, I tallied another butterfly species for the oasis. Not really dramatic. It's a Texas Powdered-Skipper and almost indistinguishable from the Arizona Powdered-Skipper. I saw both species today. Guess because lots of mallow has started blooming and they like mallow. Here's the mallow (with a Checkered-Skipper on it).

Here's the Arizona Powdered-Skipper that is quite common at the oasis.

And here is the Texas Powdered-Skipper. (All photos taken today.) The key to telling the two species apart is the pale median band on the forewing. On the AZ (above), it's jagged. On the TX (below), it's smooth. Tricky, huh?

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