Photos: Nancy Kent IDs a long-tailed skipper
Nancy Kent of Radford shares these photos and writes:
“On Saturday, September 8, I was enjoying the sunny day and taking pictures of the Wingstem flowers that grow near the tunnel that goes under Main Street. Soon I noticed that a butterfly had joined me. At first I thought that it was a Silver-spotted Skipper like ones that I often see in the Park and in my yard.
Then I realized that this one had tails, and I had never see a skipper with tails before. I began snapping more carefully and more often as the graceful creature showed me all sides. The underwings and blue-green body would be keys to its identification as well as the tails – A Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus). We have no record of this butterfly being in Wildwood Park or in Radford before.
I feel very fortunate to have photos of this special occasion and beautiful flier. I hope that it returns another season.”
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