Monday, June 9, 2014

Arctic Skipper

Every once in a while, I take a break from dragonflies to photograph butterflies, too.  This spring they are getting a later start than the dragonflies, as many of the plants from which they forage have been late in blooming.  I photographed this Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon) the other day at Rose Lake.  It is the first time I have ever encountered one of these very small butterflies.  Valerie and I joked that it looks like it has an extra layer of fur on it to deal with the colder weather.  Most skippers do not have such an ornate wing pattern, so it caught my eye right away.

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