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Swarthy Skipper

Swarthy Skipper Swarthy Skipper (Nastra Iherminier)
The Swarthy Skipper is an eastern and southern species that has been known to stray, although rarely, as far north as Wisconsin, Minnesota and southern Michigan. This species has been recorded in central and southern Illinois in only four counties.

The underside of the Swarthy Skipper, shown, is a yellowish brown with lighter veins. Above, not shown, it is dark with no markings.  It is a dull almost non-descript skipper which could be confused with a Dun or worn Tawny-edged Skipper.

Cook Natural Area, Kingston, New Jersey
June 9, 2009
Photo by Joan Bruchman

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