Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1155005

Yucca Giant-Skipper
Megathymus yuccae

Observation date: April 09, 2018
Submitted by: Robert Gorman
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: This Was Even Better Than Being Turned into A Frog, Sunny some over cast in afternoon 46 at 6am- 86 at 5pm These have been a focused search for me for a long time. have seen a few during fly By's. Never Ever Had to Worry About Stepping On Them Before . Seemed Common to Me For Such A Hard To Find Butterfly! Very Territorial Males Chasing Each Other Along There Little Sections of The Wash. Walked into A New Territory Every Hundred Yards, Amazing They Did Not Fly Until Almost Stepped on Them. So Very Beautiful Remind Me Of A Chocolate Malt or Milkshake. Behavior of Returning to Almost The Same Spot like Lots of Male Butterflies that have a Territory, Seemed to Be all Males Would love to study these to see if the Females Come to the Same Washes to Meet up? This was A Day I will Remember For A Very Long Time Probably Never Ever Forget. Some People Don't Care Much For Skippers They Probably have Never Met These and Calif Giant. Have Been Mesmerized By Skippers Since Grade School, Little Jet Fighters Wow they Chase each other so Fast, Are so Very Aggressive Towards Each Other its Really Amazing to Watch them. I Could have Just Sat There All Day to Watch them Perform Best Air Show On Earth Thanks Again Ken So Very Very Much! Ok I Put it in Here For you But Don't Worry its Not the Middle Finger its the Index finger and Thumb
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: April 11, 2018
Coordinator notes: That was a special event. That was the very first time I have seen someone turn a Yucca Giant Skipper into a pet! That butterfly just loved you. Maybe you can sell those pictures to some magazine! Jeffrey Glassberg will likely be jealous!!!-Ken Davenport
Checklist region(s): Kern County, United States, California