Thursday, July 10, 2008

Skipper - Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

Skipper - Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
One of the multitude of the little brown/tan Skippers that skip from flower to flower.  This male was on one of the zinnia that add color to our veggie garden.  
Sachems can be found in almost any open space: fields, meadows, parks, roadsides, disturbed areas, lawns, etc.  They are a residents in the southeastern United States, and extreme southwest into Mexico. In the fall they migrate  northward into great plains, along west coast, rarely reaching southern Canada.
Thanks to Herschel Raney on BugGuide for the ID.



Louise said...

Although the picture is fabulous, I think I'm going to have to go with liking the flower better than the bug in this one!

Kevin Heads said...

Hi Marvin hope you well. Another great pick and what big eyes. Told my son about your blog, he's in South Africa at the moment, at a entomology conference. He will probably check you out when he gets back, he'll love it. He lives and breaths insects. Take care and keep snapping Kev

laughingwolf said...

i like moths, other than the kind that eat my woollies ;) lol

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Those folded winged skippers are so difficult to figure out. I love this one on this colorful zinnia.

smilnsigh said...

Now _that_ is a photo of a flower and a bug! A proper photo, that is.

So close-up that you can see the variations in his coloring... The bits in the center of the zinnia... The tiny white spots on the petals... -sigh-

Yes, I bow to the Master.

'Miss' Mari-Nanci