Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1218303

Sandhill Skipper
Polites sabuleti

Observation date: June 12, 2019
Submitted by: Kristie Nelson
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I have never encountered this species in my yard nor in the Mono Lake vicinity. It looked really odd to me - my first impression was that it was an aberrant skipper, and maybe it is, or simply a Sandhill Skipper out of context. Context can really throw us sometimes. It does not totally match the appearance of the nominate Sandhills that I have photographed on saltgrass alkali flats around Crowley Lake or Bridgeport. But I know its a variable species. One I've never encountered at this elevation around Mono Lake, so am entering here
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: July 20, 2019
Coordinator notes: Yes, I wonder what this would look like in a series. Where was the locality? I plan to be up there for about 3 days.
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Mono County