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    Short-tailed Skipper Zestusa dorus Description 1 1/2-1 5/8" (38-41 mm). Triangular wings; short, lobelike tail on HW. Brown above with slightly reddish and leaden-gray cast toward base; several pale yellowish, glassy spots on FW, short row of spots across HW disk. Below, FW light orange on...
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    Long-tailed Skipper Urbanus proteus Description 1 1/2-2" (38-51 mm). Large; robust body, long wings with HW tail projecting 1/2" (13 mm). Above, dark brown with band of square white spots across FW, smaller spots toward tip; intense bluish-green or green iridescent sheen on FW base, on HW...
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    Brown Longtail Urbanus procne Description 1 5/8-1 7/8" (41-48 mm). Long wings, long tails. Normally unmarked brown above, sometimes with a poorly developed white line across FW. Tan below, white line present or absent but seldom prominent; 2 brown spot bands across HW, the basal band not...
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    Dorantes Longtail Urbanus dorantes Description 1 1/2-2" (38-51 mm). Long-winged and long-tailed. Grayish-brown above with a loose series of glassy white spots on FW disk and near FW tip. Below, FW similar but paler, purplish near tip; HW purplish frosty-gray, with dark brown spots at base, 2...
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    Southern Cloudywing Thorybes bathyllus Description 1 1/4-1 5/8" (32-41 mm). Brown above and below, with FW white spots pronounced and joined together in bars, including 1 hourglass-shaped glassy spot across cell. HW forms rudimentary tail; fringes are light buff and checkered. Dark brown...
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    Texas Powdered-Skipper Systasea pulverulenta Description 1-1 1/4" (25-32 mm). Above, tan, powdered with black scales and variegated patches and bands of brown, white, rust-colored, and olive. FW above has series of white glassy spots aligned with inner margin. HW margins scalloped; fringes...
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    Melissa Arctic Oeneis melissa Description 1 5/8-1 7/8" (41-48 mm). Above and below, lightly scaled; smoke-gray to dull dark brown, sometimes slightly tan, especially females. Below, FW similar to upperside; HW heavily striated with gray, either uniformly or with a vague to pronounced darker...
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    Chryxus Arctic Oeneis chryxus Description 1 3/4-2" (44-51 mm). Above, tan or tawny-brown to dark brown; male has dark sex patch across cell and surrounding dark region sometimes covering much of FW, leaving tawny marginal band. Below, FW tawny; male's FW crossed by dark line shaped like a...
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    Mitchell's Satyr Neonympha mitchellii Description 1 1/2-1 3/4" (38-44 mm). Wings rounded. Above, mahogany-brown or darker brown, sometimes with eyespots from below vaguely showing through. Below, dull brown crossed by dark orange-brown lines; 4 submarginal eyespots on FW and 5-6 on HW have...
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    Georgia Satyr Neonympha areolata Description 1 1/2-1 3/4" (38-44 mm). Wings rounded. Above, dull brown. Below, dull brown crossed by prominent brick-red lines; HW lines enclose row of long and narrow oval eyespots with yellow rims (red farther south) and bluish-silver centers. Similar...
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    Ridings' Satyr Neominois ridingsii Description 1 1/2-1 7/8" (38-48 mm). Above, graduated shades of gray (lead, putty, or sandy brown-gray dominate in different populations); bands of oblong orbs of cream-white or milk-white cross all wings. 1, 2, or 3 black eyespots with white pupils lie in...
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    Little Wood-Satyr Megisto cymela Description 1 3/4-1 7/8" (44-48 mm). Wings rounded. Above, dull brown; below, dull brown to tan, crossed by darker brown lines. Each wing, both above and below, has 2 prominent black eyespots with yellow rims and 2 light pupils; smaller eyespots may be...
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    Mazans Scallopwing Staphylus mazans Description 1-1 1/4" (25-32 mm). Purplish-brown or blackish above and below, with black bands, more apparent in female. Tiny white dots on FW, 1 below cell, 2 near tip. Margins irregularly scalloped. Similar Species Hayhurst's Scallopwing lighter. Life...
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    Hayhurst's Scallopwing Staphylus hayhurstii Description 1-1 1/4" (25-32 mm). Above, charcoal to dark brown with conspicuous black bands and minute white dots on FW above, and 1 dot below cell, 2 near tips. Deeply scooped-out margins of HW look nibbled. Dark and buff checkered fringes. Female...
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    Falcate Skipper Spathilepia clonius Description 1 5/8-1 3/4" (41-44 mm). Extremely distinctive with FW curved outward and nipped off squarely. Above and below, brown-black with very dark FW crossed by prominent white band of spots; slightly scalloped margins; dark checkered fringes. Life...
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    Dull Firetip Pyrrhopyge araxes Description 1 3/4-2 1/2" (44-64 mm). Large. Brown above with several large, glassy white spots in median band across FW, smaller spots toward FW tip. Below, FW similar, orange near base; HW orange or tawny-orange with vague brown marks and margin. Fringes white...
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    Small Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus scriptura Description 5/8-1" (16-25 mm). Tiny. Shiny dark gray to dark brown above, with small and separate white checks (no checks on margins), and no basal spot on HW above. Long white fringes with little dark checkering. Below, FW gray-olive; HW crossed by...
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    Tropical Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus oileus Description 1-1 3/8" (25-35 mm). Checkered above; dark, especially toward FW tip and margin; bluish-gray hair over body and much of wings gives gray appearance above. Below, FW similar to upperside but paler; HW cream-colored to warm tan with rows of...
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    Common Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus communis Description 3/4-1 1/4" (19-32 mm). Extremely variable. Above can be quite blackish with little white checkering (especially in female) or very pale with broad bands of white spots (particularly males); usually some black at base and often considerable...
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    Hammock Skipper Polygonus leo Description 1 3/4-2" (44-51 mm). Long-winged; HW curved into a stumpy lobe. Warm brown above, with several square, glassy white spots on FW disk, smaller pair near tip. Below, FW tip and HW frosty violet with brown bands; HW has 1 small brown dot near base...
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