Duskywing Skipper butterfly

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A Duskywing Skipper — a brownish-black, medium-size butterfly — feeding on Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea sp.). I spotted the butterfly during a photowalk through the Children’s Garden, Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School. This butterfly is either a Juvenal’s Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis) or a Horace’s Duskywing (Erynnis horatius). According to Ken Larsen, a well-known local butterfly expert, timing is everything:

The Juvenal’s is an early breed (until June or July) and the Horace’s is a later breed (July or later). If the picture were taken in July, then it is anyone’s guess.

Since the photos were taken on June 20th, it seems more likely this is a Juvenal’s Duskywing.

Photos 1, 3, 5, and 7 were cropped to highlight the butterfly; Photos 2, 4, 6, and 8 are the original photographs.

Tech Tips: Apple “Aperture,” a professional-grade tool for organizing and adjusting photos, was used to crop and adjust Photos 2, 4, 6, and 8 during post-processing.

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