Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 724441

Tropical Least Skipper
Ancyloxypha arene

Observation date: July 07, 2012
Submitted by: Matt ODonnell
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Many small bright orange skippers flying around pond. Could not get better photo especially of the underside, and this may not be identifiable.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: July 21, 2012
Coordinator notes: Matt, this is tropical least skipper. note dorsal HW has black along leading edge, which orange skipperling lacks. You also may have noticed a weaker flight than aurantiaca. pond-side habitat has tall grasses that arene requires; aurantiaca prefers drier arroyos, which it patrols aggressively.
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Catron County