Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1182994

Woodland Skipper
Ochlodes sylvanoides

Observation date: August 24, 2018
Submitted by: jetboulder@aol.com
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: On burdock, Arctium minus. Tiny butterfly. Uploaded 3 photos of same one because it looks like it is feeding on nectar then curling up its proboscis. Can only see underside of wings so not sure of ID.
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: October 27, 2018
Coordinator notes: This is the Woodland Skipper - a female. You can find the Pawnee Skipper around Boulder but you need to go to a prairie habitat where Gayfeather (Liatris) is in bloom. There you should not find any Woodland Skippers which occur mostly in canyon and forest or treed locations (including yards in towns near the foothills). Also check the BAMONA site for pictures of the Pawnee Skipper and you can easily see the difference between these two skippers on their undersides. Mike
Checklist region(s): United States, Colorado, Boulder County