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Broken-Dashes (Wallengrenia genus)

These skippers are classic examples of widespread but uncommon species.

Southern Broken-Dashes (Wallengrenia otho):

These are found most often in Florida and southern Texas (and Mexico), but are still more common in Durham than Northern Broken-dashes.

Female, Isla Verde (San Juan), Puerto Rico, 1/10/05.  This is a tentative identification: the dorsal sides of the hind wings and antennae don't quite match those in the books.  But when you consider the gray edge of the forewings and the tawny edge of the hind wings, as Glassberg (1999) points out, this is probably as close as you're going to get with a butterfly a thousand miles from NC. Female, Durham, NC, 8/1/04.  Again, note the gray-edged forewing and the tawny edged hind wing.  Unfortunately, the forewings partially block the view of the hind wings, especially on the right. Southern Broken-dash on chive flowers, Durham, NC, 8/26/10 Southern Broken-dash, on Swamp Milkweed at roadside in rural north Durham, 8/15/10 Male Southern Broken-dash, Durham, 8/13/05. Male, Eno River SP, Old Cole Mill Road access (Orange County, NC), 8/17/05. Male, Eno River SP, Old Cole Mill Road access (Orange County, NC), 8/17/05..


Southern Broken-Dash, Eno River SP, Old Cole Mill Road access, 8/17/05. The "broken dash" marking isn't as clear, though. Southern Broken-Dash, NC Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC, 8/17/06


Northern Broken-Dashes (Wallengrenia egerement)

Male, Durham, NC, 6/14/04:  ventral view of forewing.  Note how his dark brown antennae differ from those of the Southern Broken-Dashes above. Same butterfly, ventral view of hind wing. NC Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC, 8/26/05 Duke Gardens, 9/17/05


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