Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:05 AM
Unknown_Skipper-1.jpg 156.79K 38 downloads Unknown skipper - 1st view
Unknown_Skipper-2.jpg 182.8K 39 downloads Unknown skipper - 2nd view
Posted 01 July 2012 - 07:05 PM
Posted 01 July 2012 - 08:56 PM
Looks like Common Branded Skipper, but there are several other possibilities.
Thanks, psweet. I am thinking that it is one of the others. I found a sighting map for the Common Branded Skipper but it showed no sightings anywhere close to Oregon. Interestingly there were sightings in the Great Lakes area and even in Alaska, but in general they were all to the north. Maybe I can find a site that specializes in Oregon skippers, more specifically Western Oregon, where I live. It does seem off hand that there are not nearly as many folks into insects as there are folks into birds.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:08 PM
Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:11 PM
Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:28 PM
Apparently your source has an updated taxonomy -- Kaufmann's guide shows Common Branded all over the west.
Here is where I got the info from (the sighting map is at the bottom of the page) - http://www.butterfli.../Hesperia-comma
Don't know how reliable this site is but it looks very nicely done. Kaufmann's guide is now in my shopping cart at amazon.
There do appear to be quite a few folks into insects, but the reporting side of things has lagged. I'd suggest sending your photos in to Bugguide.net -- in the first place, they might have a better informed opinion than mine, and in the second, they don't seem to show a lot of Hesperia sightings in the west, even though their info pages say that they're there. Out there, you could probably add a fair bit to their database.
OK, that sounds like an excellent idea, I will look them up.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:11 PM
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