Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus)

Fairly common to uncommon in the NC coastal plain (straying into the southern piedmont), this species has 3-4 broods and flies from Spring into Fall.

This tiny skipper is easily recognized by the pale ray in the middle of the bright orange hindwing. Note also the big-headed appearance and the very white underbody.

Brunswick Co., NC
26 Aug 2006

Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus) Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus) Southern Skipperlings show mostly orange on the upperside of the wings, unlike Least Skippers, which have wide brown borders on the uppersides.
Hoke Co., NC
12 September 2004
Hoke Co., NC
12 September 2004

Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus) Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus)
Brunswick Co., NC
31 May 2004
same individual
Nectaring on White Clover

Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus) Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus)
New Hanover Co., NC
27 Aug 2005
Pender Co., NC
13 Sep 2009

Southern Skipperling Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus)
Kissimmee Prairie State Preserve, FL
12 Aug 2003

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