Fiery Skipper, Hylephila phyleus.
W. 11th St. Park Butterfly Garden, Houston, Texas.
28 October 2006
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Beautiful photo! Makes me long for spring.
It was 71 degrees in Houston today, so if you long for spring, you could at least get some additional doses of Indian Summer down here. I like Skippers, although in this region some of them are a challenge to identify. The Fiery Skipper and many of our other Skippers uses grasses as their host plant, so Grass Skippers are abundant in cities except where people saturate their yards and vegetation with heavy doses of agricultural chemicals, either through their own endeavors or through commercial lawn services. Mosquito spraying does not help the lep fauna, either, and hardly touches the mosquitoes.