Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)

A Southern migrant in NC and therefore rarely seen before mid-summer, the abundance of this species varies from year to year. In general, its abundance transitions from common at the coast to rare in the mountains.

Ocola Skippers are recognized by being mostly unmarked brown below and having 1) unusually long forewings, 2) outer 1/3 of wings a bit darker than inner 2/3, and 3) longitudinal stripes along the abdomen (a characteristic of the genus).


Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola) Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola) Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
New Hanover Co., NC
13 Oct 2007

How bold the post-median spot band is can be quite variable.
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016

Carphephorus (Trilisa) patches can be common in longleaf flatwoods and savannas, attracting various skippers (such as these Ocola Skippers), swallowtails, buckeys and sulphurs!


Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola) Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Carteret Co., NC
27 Aug 2006
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
New Hanover Co., NC
26 Aug 2006

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola) Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Chatham Co., NC
20 Oct 2005
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Chatham Co., NC
20 Oct 2005

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola) Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
New Hanover Co., NC
28 August 2004

Enjoying the nectar from Buddleja davidii


Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
New Hanover Co., NC
31 August 2003
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Durham Co., NC
16 August 2003

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola) Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Worn individual!
New Hanover Co., NC
28 August 2004
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Chatham Co., NC
2 November 2003

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola) Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Chatham Co., NC
24 Sep 2005
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Durham Co., NC
30 Sep 2007

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola) Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Brunswick Co., NC
4 Oct 2008
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Brunswick Co., NC
4 Oct 2008

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola) Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Jones Co., NC
21 Oct 2007
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Rowan Co., NC
22 Sep 2012

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Brunswick Co., NC
4 Oct 2008

A Clouded Skipper (left) shares a blazing star with an Ocola Skipper (right).


Crab Spiders are hazards to Ocola Skippers...
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Ft. Fisher, New Hanover Co., NC
10 Sep 2016
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Ft. Fisher, New Hanover Co., NC
10 Sep 2016

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Ft. Fisher, New Hanover Co., NC
10 Sep 2016
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Ft. Fisher, New Hanover Co., NC
10 Sep 2016

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Ft. Fisher, New Hanover Co., NC
10 Sep 2016

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Ft. Fisher, New Hanover Co., NC
10 Sep 2016

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Big Cypress, Collier Co., FL
25 Sep 2016
Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)
Big Cypress, Collier Co., FL
25 Sep 2016

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