Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)

This is one of the rarest native, breeding butterflies in North Carolina. It's unknown why this butterfly is so rare in NC, as it is common in the western US, and its host plant (American Hog Peanut, Amphicarpaea bracteata), is quite common and widespread.
Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus) with Monarch caterpillar Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
Buncombe Co., NC
8 July 2006

Note the Monarch caterpillar hiding under the same leaf! This individual was seen basking and nectaring on Common Milkweed and remained in the same area for several hours.


Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus) Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
Natural light
Buncombe Co., NC
8 July 2006
Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
With Flash
Buncombe Co., NC
8 July 2006

Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus) Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus) Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
Jackson Co., FL
8 Aug 2003

Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
Carr Canyon, Cochise Co, AZ
28 July 2017

Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
Harshaw Rd., Patagonia, Santa Cruz Co, AZ
27 July 2017

Golden Banded-Skipper (Autochton cellus)
Carr Canyon, Cochise Co, AZ
28 July 2017


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Created on ... June 2, 2005 | Updated on ... July 9, 2006 | jeffpippen9@gmail.com