Friday, October 18, 2013

Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minima)

At just 5/8", the Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minima) is North America's smallest Skipper.  Abundant in Florida most of the year, these little Hesperiidae are most likely found in meadows, pastures and old fields.  This one was spotted at Celery Fields, in Sarasota by my sharp eyed photonaturalist and friend from the UK, Phil Gilbert.
photo by Phil Gilbert
Another view by Phil.  Taken in the grass, this gives one a real perspective of this diminutive butterfly.  The broader black border identifies it as a female.
No, this is not the cast for an upcoming Monty Python nature documentary!  It's sharp eyed Phil, with son Ben on his right and yours truly on the left.  Be sure to visit Celery Fields.....and beyond birds, keep a lookout for Southern Skippers.

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