Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

This is a very common species in North Carolina.


Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), male
Edge of field & woods in Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
11 Aug 2008

Males and females show different patterns and can have many different looks depending on the amount of scale wear on the individual. Males: Below, note dull blotchy orange with a dark squarish block at middle of the bottom edge of the underwing. Above, note the large square black patch.


Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Male
Orange Co., NC
24 Sep 2004
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Male
Orange Co., NC
5 May 2004

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

Females: Below, note variable chevron-shaped series of light marks on mustard-orange-brown ground color. Above, note large pale spots with concave outer edges.

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Female
Duke Gardens
Durham Co., NC
18 June 2003
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Female
Korstian Division of Duke Forest
Orange Co., NC
5 May 2004

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Orange Co., NC
14 Aug 2011

Bright males lacking dark smudges are often confused with Delaware Skippers. See images below as well.


Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Female
Orange Co., NC
21 Aug 2004
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Female
Orange Co., NC
16 July 2004

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Male
Caswell Co., NC
4 May 2006
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Male
Orange Co., NC
1 May 2006

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Female
Durham, NC
9 Sep 2005
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Male
Avery Co., NC
26 July 2006

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Male
Durham Co., NC
20 Aug 2006
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Female
Durham Co., NC
30 Sep 2007

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Female
Durham Co., NC
17 Oct 2007
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Female
Durham Co., NC
10 Aug 2008

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Female
Durham Co., NC
10 Aug 2008
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Female
Durham Co., NC
10 Aug 2008

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris), Male
Orange Co., NC
11 Aug 2008
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Fresh brightly colored males may be confused with Delaware Skippers.
Orange Co., NC
14 Aug 2011

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Rowan Co., NC
22 Sep 2012
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Durham Co., NC
5 July 2013

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Clay Co., NC
20 May 2007
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Sandhills Game Lands, Scotland Co., NC
4 Aug 2016

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Blue Ridge Pkwy, Alleghany Co., NC
24 Aug 2016

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Big Cypress, Collier Co., FL
4 Mar 2017

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Male
Durham Co., NC
5 Aug 2006

This fresh male Sachem is unusually lightly marked.


Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Durham Co., NC
6 July 2013


Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Durham Co., NC
9 Oct 2004

Male (right) "sneaking up on" Female (left)


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