Fiery Skipper Butterfly (Hylephila phyleus)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Fiery Skipper Butterfly (Hylephila phyleus)

Many thanks to @AndyBugGuy for the identification of this female.


Larval host: grasses

Shown on Florida Native Plant: OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)

My take:

More photos from prior years:

Fiery Skipper on Bidens alba

Fiery Skipper on Bidens alba


  1. Cindy said:

    Skippers are slippery to ID.Thanks for this little beauty and super pics!

    • Loret said:

      Thanks. I’m lucky to have met @AndyBugGuy over at twitter for help. He’s a senior collections manager at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History at UF and his research focus is on skippers. I always ask him for confirmation on these confusing buggers. I thought I had a sachem… wrong again, keeping my batting average at 0! Still, I keep plugging away…Law of averages I’m bound to get one correct eventually. 😀

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