Monday, July 28, 2008

Peck's Skipper Polites peckius

Peck's Skipper is a somewhat common sight in Maryland, found mid-July every year. This individual was taken on July 18, 2008 at Brookside Gardens.



Shots below showing the class Peck's Skipper pattern. The lighter marks below can vary among individuals.





Above, the stigma is visible.



Several anatomical features can be seen here. The proboscis is double-barreled. The tip of the antenna is two-toned (orange above, darker brown below) and shows the hooked apiculus characteristic of (almost) all skippers. Additionally, the tibia on the legs have two spikes each.



JRC