Common Sootywing Pholisora catullus

A striking little skipper that is mostly black with distinctive white head markings and some subtle wing spotting. Small for a skipper -- in the Least Skipper size range. Often splays its wings out like a Duskywing but, as you can see, it sometimes folds them upright when mudding. These were found in Holla Bend NWR on the only day I have ever seen Sootys in Arkansas. The roads were heavily puddled and there were clusters at many places. These were on mossy ground near one of the lakes.

A lovely fresh individual from NE Arkansas. We had never noted the white tips before on the forewings. Almost glossy black. Nice skippers. This one was in another outbreak. They rarely seem to occur in singles.