Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1222784

Dion Skipper
Euphyes dion

Observation date: August 03, 2019
Submitted by: stumped.by.skippers
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Was nectaring on echinacea.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Harry Pavulaan
Verified date: March 06, 2021
Coordinator notes: After a long deliberation over what this is, examination of specimens and images in books, the closest I can get is Dion Skipper, a very rare find in Rhode Island, I believe only one of two known from the state. The plain, unspotted hindwing with just a shadow of a light ray, and the spot on the forewing makes me think this is Dion. I was thinking it might be an aberrant Broad-winged Skipper, but I've not seen any like this, that look like Dion. [Misidentification flags are welcome with convincing reasoning]