Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)

Uncommon but statewide in distribution, these small butterflies have two broods in NC, late Spring and late Summer into Fall. Identification of this species can be tricky, especially in the piedmont where the very similar Crossline Skipper is more common.
Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
Longleaf Pine Savanna, Carteret Co., NC
31 Aug 2008

Nectaring on Yellow Balduina (Balduina uniflora)


Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
Longleaf Pine Savanna, Carteret Co., NC
31 Aug 2008

Under-hindwing markings in this species are highly variable from virtually no post-median spot band to a strong post-median spot band. Note that the veins are not lightened.


Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles) Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles) Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
Harnett Co., NC
29 May 2005

Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles) Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
Carteret Co., NC
29 Aug 2004
Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
New Hanover Co., NC
28 Aug 2004

Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles) Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
New Hanover Co., NC
28 August 2004
Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
Nectaring on Erigeron
Brunswick Co., NC
15 May 2004

Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles) Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles) Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
Craven Co., NC
26 Aug 2012

Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles) Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles), female
Dare Co., NC
2 Oct 2005
Probably Tawny-edged
(can't rule out Crossline, though)
Durham Co., NC
4 Sep 2005

Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles) Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles) Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
Four Mile Creek, Teller Co., CO
11 July 2016

Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
Big Cypress, Collier Co., FL
25 Sep 2016

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