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Old 07-29-2010, 02:16 PM   #1
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Hi, y'all. Can you help me id this butterfly? He wouldn't open his wings for the photo, so these ventral views are the best I could get. He was very skittish, flitting rapidly. He looks most like a Little Glassywing in my fieldguide, but not quite. He doesn't look exactly like any of them in my Butterflies of the Carolinas book. Thank you!
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:12 AM   #2
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I'm inclined to agree with your ID. Hard to be sure without a view of the upper side of the wings.

The underside photos on this site are a very close match to your photo:
Little Glassywing — wisconsinbutterflies.org
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:47 AM   #3
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This is one where I would really hesitate in attempting a specific determination; as you likely realize, there are several species of these skippers that can be quite similar in appearance. Also, the images are not clear enough to see if the subapical white markings on the antennae characteristic of the little glasywing are present.
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Old 08-01-2010, 01:26 PM   #4
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I agree that they are not the best images, they are just the best I could get. When I zoom in on my computer on the antennae of a blown up image, there is a splotch of white at the base of each. Is that what you are referring to?
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:55 AM   #5
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I agree that they are not the best images, they are just the best I could get. When I zoom in on my computer on the antennae of a blown up image, there is a splotch of white at the base of each. Is that what you are referring to?
Yes. See Species Detail | Butterflies and Moths of North America for an image.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:34 PM   #6
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I looked at the photo, and it doesn't look like what I see in my images. I may just have to accept that I didn't get a good enough shot of it. I also need to figure out windows 7 photo editor so I can save zoomed in images to post. C'est la vie.

I had a couple of southern cloudywings that I could clearly identify here yesterday, and I wondered if this one was one of them, just at the wrong angle... I have imperial moths batting at my windows as I type this. It is clearly a lepidopteran time of the year.
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