Butterflies: Long Dash

Photo of Long Dash

Earlier this month, I noticed this tiny butterfly nectaring on a small patch of Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) blossoms. My butterfly ID skills are limited, but I did know that this was a type of Skipper. After consulting some books and asking a fellow butterfly observer, I've settled on calling this a Long Dash* (Polites mystic). The name refers to the pattern on the wing upper-sides which are not visible in these two photos. Visit the BugGuide for additional photos and info.

Photo of Long Dash

*If you think otherwise, please send me a message, or comment below.

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