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This tiny butterfly (about 1 inch, or 2.5 cm. wingspread) is a Hobomok Skipper butterfly, that is, a male Poanes hobomok. This species exhibits sexual dimorphism, meaning the female doesn't look like the male. In fact, she is called the "Pocahontas Skipper".

In the picture, he's nectaring on Red Clover, a non-natiive wildflower that was originally introduced from Europe as a pasture crop, but has escaped and become very widespread today.

Seen at Stony Creek Metropark, Michigan USA in late Spring.

This lovely little orange and black skipper butterfly likes to live along woodland edges where it can quickly move from sun to shade depending on its mood. Note the broad orange band on its ventral hindwing.

A Hobomok Skipper butterfly (Poanese hobomok) resting on some vetch flowers. Hobomok was an American Indian who lived with settlers to New England in the early 1600s, but unfortunately I have no idea how his unique name became associated with this little butterfly. Photo was taken in Kanata, ON.

These early-season skippers have orange and black wings. The defining feature is that rectangular black patch on the forewing's tip. Their caterpillars feast on bluegrass.

Settlers Park, Thornhill, On

 

Butterflies of Ontario from 2016 not uploaded??!!

Beverly Swamp, Puslinch, On

Title: The butterfly book; a popular guide to a knowledge of the butterflies of North America. With 48 plates in color-photography, reproductions of butterflies in the author's collection, and many text illustrations presenting most of the species found in the United States

Identifier: butterflybookpop01smholl

Year: 1922 (1920s)

Authors: Holland, W. J. (William Jacob), 1848-1932

Subjects: Butterflies -- North America

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Genus Atrytone Egg.—The egg is hemispherical, somewhat broadly flattened at the apex, covered with small cells, the inner surface of which is marked with minute punctulations. Caterpillar.—The caterpillar feeds upon com mon grasses, making a loose nest of silk for itself at the point where the leaf joins the stem. The head is small; the body is cylindrical, thick, tapering abruptly at either end. Chrysalis.—Covered with delicate hair; the tongue-case free. (i) Atrytone vitellius, Smith and Abbot, Plate XLVI, Fig. 6, 6 (The Iowa Skipper). Fig. 179.— Butterfly.—The male on the upper side is as Neuration of the shown in the plate. The female on the upper side genus At ty tone, r rv enlarged. has the hind wings almost entirely fuscous, very slightly yellowish about the middle of the disk. The fore wings have the inner and outer margins more broadly bordered with fus- cous than the male, and through the middle of the cell there runs a dark ray. On the under side the wings are bright pale yellow, with the inner margin of the primaries clouded with brown. Ex- panse, $, 1.25 inch; $,1.45 inch. Early Stages.—Very little is known of these. The species ranges through the Gulf States, and northward in the valley of the Mississippi as far as Nebraska and Iowa. It seems to be quite common in Nebraska, and probably has a wider distribution than is reported. (2) Atrytone zabulon, Boisduval and Leconte, Plate XLVII, Pig- 37> <5 5 Fig- 38, ? (The Hobomok Skipper). Butterfly.— The upper side of both sexes is shown in the plate. The color on the disk of the wings is, however, a little too red. On the under side the wings are bright yellow, with the bases and the outer margin bordered with dark brown. Expanse, $ , 1.25 inch; $, 1.50 inch. Early Stages.—The caterpillar feeds upon grasses. The life' history has been described with minute accuracy by Dr. Scudder. The species ranges from New England to Georgia, and west- ward to the Great Plains. It is very common in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the valley of the Ohio. Dimorphic var. pocahontas, Scudder, Plate XLVII, Fig. 39, 9 . This is a melanic, or black, female variety of [abulon, which is 364

  

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Fletcher Creek E.P., Puslinch, On

I think this is a Hobomok Skipper butterfly feeding on a coneflower. A bit out of focus, but this guy moves pretty quickly.

Glendon Forest Trail, Toronto, On

Title: The butterfly book;

Identifier: butterflybook00holl

Year: 1898 (1890s)

Authors: Holland, W. J. (William Jacob), 1848-1932

Subjects: Butterflies

Publisher: New York, Doubleday & McClure co.

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Genus Atrytone Egg.—The tgg is hemispherical, somewhat broadly flattened at the apex, covered with small cells, the inner surface of which is marked with minute punctulations. Caterpillar.—The caterpillar feeds upon com- mon grasses, making a loose nest of silk for itself at the point where the leaf joins the stem. The head is small; the body is cylindrical, thick, tapering abruptly at either end. Chrysalis.—Covered with delicate hair; the tongue-case free. (i) Atrytone vitellius, Smith and Abbot, Plate XLVl, Fig. 6, 5 (The Iowa Skipper). Fig. 179.— Butterfly.—The male on the upper side is as Neuration of the ghown in the plate. The female on the upper side genus Atrytone, ^ ^^ enlarged. has the hind wings almost entirely fuscous, very slightly yellowish about the middle of the disk. The fore wings have the inner and outer margins more broadly bordered with fus- cous than the male, and through the middle of the cell there runs a dark ray. On the under side the wings are bright pale yellow, with the inner margin of the primaries clouded with brown. Ex- panse, ^ , 1.25 inch; ? , 1.45 inch. Early Stages.—Very little is known of these. The species ranges through the Gulf States, and northward in the valley of the Mississippi as far as Nebraska and Iowa. It seems to be quite common in Nebraska, and probably has a wider distribution than is reported. (2) Atrytone zabulon, Boisduval and Leconte, Plate XLVII, F^g- 37' ^ 5 Fig- 38' ? (The Hobomok Skipper). Butterfly.— The upper side of both sexes is shown in the plate. The color on the disk of the wings is, however, a little too red. On the under side the wings are bright yellow, with the bases and the outer margin bordered with dark brown. Expanse, $ , 1.25 inch; $ , 1.50 inch. Early Stages.—The caterpillar feeds upon grasses. The life- history has been described with minute accuracy by Dr. Scudder. The species ranges from New England to Georgia, and west- ward to the Great Plains. It is very common in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the valley of the Ohio. Dimorphic van pocahontas, Scudder, Plate XLVII, Fig. 39, ? . This is a melanic, or black, female variety of ^abulon, which is 364

  

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Title: The butterfly book; a popular guide to a knowledge of the butterflies of North America

Identifier: butterflybookpop00smholl

Year: 1914 (1910s)

Authors: Holland, W. J. (William Jacob), 1848-1932

Subjects: Butterflies -- North America

Publisher: Garden City, N. Y. , Doubleday, Page & Co.

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Genus Atrytone Egg.—The egg is hemispherical, somewhat broadly flattened at the apex, covered with small cells, the inner surface of which is marked with minute punctulations. Caterpillar.—The caterpillar feeds upon com mon grasses, making a loose nest of silk foi itself at the point where the leaf joins the stem. The head is small; the body is cylindrical, thick, tapering abruptly at either end. Chrysalis.—Covered with delicate hair; the tongue-case free. (i) Atrytone vitellius, Smith and Abbot, Plate XLVl, Fig. 6, $ (The Iowa Skipper). Fig. 17Q.— Biffferjfy.—The male on the upper side is as Neuration ot the g^own in the plate. The female on the upper side genus Atrytone, ^ . ^ '^ enlarged. has the hind wmgs almost entirely fuscous, very slightly yellowish about the middle of the disk. The fore wings have the inner and outer margins more broadly bordered with fus- cous than the male, and through the middle of the cell there runs a dark ray. On the under side the wings are bright pale yellow, with the inner margin of the primaries clouded with brown. Ex- panse, 5 , 1.25 inch; ? , 1.4s inch. Early Stages.—Very little is known of these. The species ranges through the Gulf States, and northward in the valley of the Mississippi as far as Nebraska and Iowa. It seems to be quite common in Nebraska, and probably has a wider distribution than is reported. (2) Atrytone zabulon, Boisduval and Leconte, Plate XLVII, Pig- 37' <5 ; Fig. 38, $ (The Hobomok Skipper). Butterfly.— The upper side of both sexes is shown in the plate. The color on the disk of the wings is, however, a little too red. On the under side the wings are bright yellow, with the bases and the outer margin bordered with dark brown. Expanse, 5, 1.25 inch; ? , i .i^o inch. Early Stages.—The caterpillar feeds upon grasses. The life' history has been described with minute accuracy by Dr. Scudder. The species ranges from New England to Georgia, and west- ward to the Great Plains. It is very common in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the valley of the Ohio. Dimorphic var. pocahontas, Scudder, Plate XLVII, Fig. 39, ? . This is a melanic, or black, female variety of zabulon, which is 364

  

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Title: The butterfly book; a popular guide to a knowledge of the butterflies of North America

Identifier: butterflybookpop00holla

Year: 1904 (1900s)

Authors: Holland, W. J. (William Jacob), 1848-1932

Subjects: Butterflies

Publisher: New York, Doubleday, Page & Co.

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Genus Atrytone Egg.—The Qgg is hemispherical, somewhat broadly flattened at the apex, covered with small cells, the inner surface of which is marked with minute punctulations. Caterpillar.—The caterpillar feeds upon com- mon grasses, making a loose nest of silk for itself at the point where the leaf joins the stem. The head is small; the body is cylindrical, thick, tapering abruptly at either end. Chrysalis.—Covered with delicate hair; the tongue-case free. (i) Atrytone vitellius, Smith and Abbot, Plate XLVl, Fig. 6, 6 (The Iowa Skipper). Fig. 179.— Butterfly.—The male on the upper side is as Neuration ot the g^own in the plate. The female on the upper side genus ^tijtoiie, ^ ^^ enlarged. has the hind wings almost entirely fuscous, very slightly yellowish about the middle of the disk. The fore wings have the inner and outer margins more broadly bordered with fus- cous than the male, and through the middle of the cell there runs a dark ray. On the under side the wings are bright pale yellow, with the inner margin of the primaries clouded with brown. Ex- panse, $, 1.25 inch; ?, 1.45 inch. Early Stages.—Very little is known of these. The species ranges through the Gulf States, and northward in the valley of the Mississippi as far as Nebraska and Iowa. It seems to be quite common in Nebraska, and probably has a wider distribution than is reported. (2) Atrytone zabulon, Boisduval and Leconte, Plate XLVll, Fig- 37» ^ ; Fig- 38, ? (The Hobomok Skipper). Butterfly.— The upper side of both sexes is shown in the plate. The color on the disk of the wings is, however, a little too red. On the under side the wings are bright yellow, with the bases and the outer margin bordered with dark brown. Expanse, $,, 1.25 inch; ? , 1,50 inch. Early Stages.—The caterpillar feeds upon grasses. The life- history has been described with minute accuracy by Dr. Scudder. The species ranges from New England to Georgia, and west- ward to the Great Plains. It is very common in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the valley of the Ohio. Dimorphic var. pocahontas, Scudder, Plate XLVII, Fig. 3Q, ? . This is a melanic, or black, female variety of [abulon, which is 364

  

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Title: The butterfly book; a popular guide to a knowledge of the butterflies of North America

Identifier: butterflybookpo00holl

Year: 1898 (1890s)

Authors: Holland, W. J. (William Jacob), 1848-1932

Subjects: Butterflies

Publisher: New York, Doubleday & McClure co.

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Genus Atrytone Egg.—The egg is hemispherical, somewhat broadly flattened at the apex, covered with small cells, the inner surface of which is marked with minute punctulations. Caterpillar.—The caterpillar feeds upon com- mon grasses, making a loose nest of silk for itself at the point where the leaf joins the stem. The head is small; the body is cylindrical, thick, tapering abruptly at either end. Chrysalis.—Covered with delicate hair; the tongue-case free. (i) Atrytone vitellius, Smith and Abbot, Plate XLVI, Fig. 6, $ (The Iowa Skipper). Fig. 179.— Butterfly.—The male on the upper side is as Neuration of the snowri jn the plate. The female on the upper side genus Atrytone, r vv enlarged. has the hind wings almost entirely fuscous, very slightly yellowish about the middle of the disk. The fore wings have the inner and outer margins more broadly bordered with fus- cous than the male, and through the middle of the cell there runs a dark ray. On the under side the wings are bright pale yellow, with the inner margin of the primaries clouded with brown. Ex- panse, $, 1.25 inch; ?, 1.45 inch. Early Stages.—Very little is known of these. The species ranges through the Gulf States, and northward in the valley of the Mississippi as far as Nebraska and Iowa. It seems to be quite common in Nebraska, and probably has a wider distribution than is reported. (2) Atrytone zabulon, Boisduval and Leconte, Plate XLVII, Fig. 37, $ ; Fig. 38, $ (The Hobomok Skipper). Butterfly.— The upper side of both sexes is shown in the plate. The color on the disk of the wings is, however, a little too red. On the under side the wings are bright yellow, with the bases and the outer margin bordered with dark brown. Expanse, 8 , 1.25 inch; $ , 1.50 inch. Early Stages.—The caterpillar feeds upon grasses. The life- history has been described with minute accuracy by Dr. Scudder. The species ranges from New England to Georgia, and west- ward to the Great Plains. It is very common in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the valley of the Ohio. Dimorphic var. pocahontas, Scudder, Plate XLVII, Fig. 39, ? . This is a melanic, or black, female variety of zabulon, which is 364

  

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BESTVIEW PARK, TORONTO, ON

 

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Nashville C.R., Nashville, On

 

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Nashville C.R., Nashville, On

 

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Title: The butterfly book; a popular guide to a knowledge of the butterflies of North America

Identifier: butterflybookpop1898holl

Year: 1898 (1890s)

Authors: Holland, W. J. (William Jacob), 1848-1932

Subjects: Butterflies -- North America

Publisher: New York, Doubleday & McClure Co.

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Genus Atrytone Egg.—The egg is hemispherical, somewhat broadly flattened at the apex, covered with small cells, the inner surface of which is marked with minute punctulations. Caterpillar.—The caterpillar feeds upon com- mon grasses, making a loose nest of silk for itself at the point where the leaf joins the stem. The head is small; the body is cylindrical, thick, tapering abruptly at either end. Chrysalis.—Covered with delicate hair; the tongue-case free. (i) Atrytone vitellius, Smith and Abbot, Plate XLVI, Fig. 6, 6 (The Iowa Skipper). Buffer ft}'.—The male on the upper side is as sh°Wn in the Phlte' The female °n the UPPer side enlarged. has the hind wings almost entirely fuscous, very slightly yellowish about the middle of the disk, the fore wings have the inner and outer margins more broadly bordered with fus- cous than the male, and through the middle of the cell there runs a dark ray. On the under side the wings are bright pale yellow, with the inner margin of the primaries clouded with brown. Ex- panse, $ , 1.25 inch; ? , 1.45 inch. Early Stages.—Very little is known of these. The species ranges through the Gulf States, and northward in the valley of the Mississippi as far as Nebraska and Iowa. It seems to be quite common in Nebraska, and probably has a wider distribution than is reported. (2) Atrytone zabulon, Boisduval and Leconte, Plate XLVII, Fig- 37- & ; Fig- 3§, ? (The Hobomok Skipper). Butterfly.-- The upper side of both sexes is shown in the plate. The color on the disk of the wings is, however, a little too red. On the under side the wings are bright yellow, with the bases and the outer margin bordered with dark brown. Expanse, $ , 1.25 inch; $ , 1,50 inch. Early Stages.—The caterpillar feeds upon grasses. The life- history has been described with minute accuracy by Dr. Scudder. The species ranges from New England to Georgia, and west- ward to the Great Plains. It is very common in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the valley of the Ohio. Dimorphic var. pocahontas, Scudder, Plate XLVII, Fig. 39, ? . This is a melanic, or black, female variety of ^abulon, which is 364

  

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Male Hobomok Skipper butterfly (Poanes hobomok) on a wild grape leaf (Vitis species)

 

Strafford, NH

Settlers Park, Thornhill, On

CONNECTING TRAIL, HEBER DOWN C.A., WHITBY, ON, CANADA

BESTVIEW PARK, TORONTO, ON, CANADA

 

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ROUGE N.U.P., TORONTO, ON, CANADA

ZOO ROAD, ROUGE PARK, TORONTO, ON, CANADA

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Hobomok Skipper at Sparta Mountain

BLACK RIVER, NEAR WASHAGO, ON

Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok) on Zinnia

ROUGE PARK, TORONTO, ON, CANADA

Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok) on Zinnia

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