Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis quinteri)

This taxon has formerly been lumped with Dusted Skipper (Atrytonopsis hianna), and with Loammi Skipper (A. loammi) and research has just been published, formally naming and describing it as a new species (http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/jls/2010s/2015/2015-69-4-275.pdf). Apparently quite restricted in range and rare overall, it can be locally common in the stabilized dunes along the central NC coast. Researchers studying this taxon, including Allison Leidner and Nick Haddad at NC State.
Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis quinteri)
Ft. Macon, Carteret Co., NC
18 July 2008

This species is endemic to the coast of North Carolina!


Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis new species I) Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis new species I)
Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis quinteri), Male
Carteret Co., NC
12 Apr 2006
Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis quinteri), Probably Male
Carteret Co., NC
12 Apr 2006

Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis new species I) Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis new species I)
Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis quinteri), Female
Carteret Co., NC
12 Apr 2006
Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis quinteri)
Carteret Co., NC
12 Apr 2006

Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis new species I) Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis new species I)
Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis quinteri)
Carteret Co., NC
12 Apr 2006
Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis quinteri)
Carteret Co., NC
12 Apr 2006

Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis new species I)
Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis quinteri)
Carteret Co., NC
12 Apr 2006

Crystal Skipper (Atrytonopsis new species I) Crystal Skipper flaunting the local hazards to photographers' knees & elbows!

Carteret Co., NC
12 Apr 2006

Little Bluestem (Andropogon littorale) Little Bluestem (Andropogon littorale)
Carteret Co., NC

One of the caterpillar host plants for Crystal Skippers.


Inner dunes and dredge spoils where Little Bluestem grow are the primary habitats for the Crystal Skipper.
Ft. Macon, Carteret Co., NC
18 July 2008

More information can be found at: Professor Nick Haddad's research site.


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