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Crossline Skippers (Polites origenes)
Although these skippers are considered to be common around here, I had to go to a Texas site at http://community.webshots.com/album/128770570tCAfnd/1 to be confident of some of my identifications. I think this is the hardest grass skipper to identify because of its many variations. Some commentary on identification problems is found at http://www.carolinanature.com/butterflies/polites.html.
|Crossline Skipper, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/11/06|
|Crossline Skipper, Jordan Lake, Chatham County, NC, 9/3/06|
|Crossline Skipper, Durham, 6/4/05. I agree with Randy Emmitt and Jeff Pippen that this is a Crossline Skipper. The chevron-shaped pattern of spots on the hindwing is barely visible.||Crossline Skipper, Male, Little Scaly Mountain, Macon County, NC, 8/11/05.||Crossline Skipper, Johnston Mill Nature Preserve||Crossline Skipper, Penny's Bend, Durham County, NC, 9/20/05|
|Crossline Skipper, Duke Forest, Gate 12, Durham, 9/29/05||Crossline Skipper, Penny's Bend, Durham County, 9/10/05. Thanks to Will Cook for ID.||Crossline Skipper, Eno River SP, Old Cole Mill Road access, 6/11/05. Thanks to Will Cook for ID. This very worn classic Little Brown Job presented a significant ID challenge!||Crossline Skipper, Same day and place. Thanks to Will Cook for ID. This was a toughie because all the wrong wing sides were showing.|
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