Summer flowering trees are exciting, but this butterfly is too exciting to wait another day. It is hard to believe one could get so revved up about a skipper- but here it is! In a family of butterflies, known for being confusing brown and gray, nearly moth-like creatures, here is one you'll want to commit to memory.
The Hoary Edge could be tossed off as a Silver-spotted skipper, however the white pattern on the underwing is much more subtle. Incredibly, after a life time of looking at butterflies, I saw my first one last week. And this week we found two more while pre-scouting some butterfly spots in Shawnee State forest!
If you like butterflies- you want to put the Appalachian Butterfly Conference on your calendar. You can find the agenda and registration right here on the Flora-quest web site. Just check out the butterfly page, and we'll see you there!