Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1232698

Pahaska Skipper
Hesperia pahaska

Observation date: September 08, 2019
Submitted by: Cactuswren1976
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Male observed perched on or near the trail.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: September 12, 2019
Coordinator notes: Green and Pahaska can be hard to distinguish, even with a photo that shows all the necessary marks. On the VHW, the top two white spots do not overlap, as they usually do in Green Skippers. Also, the sequence of three white spots toward the back and bottom of the VHW do not form a concavity (backwards-facing 'C') as they usually do in Green Skippers. The observation date is at the very end of the known flight period for Green, whereas Pahaska continues into October. So I am calling it Pahaska. A fun challenge!!
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Santa Fe County