Dion Skipper Euphyes dion

The perched, displaying male Dion Skipper, Euphyes dion. Found near water most of the time, this is another buttonbush worshipper. This one was chasing every dragonfly that came into his little personal airspace. Then he would perch on close to the same bent grass stalk over and over. Much faster fliers than the Dukes' which like to stay down low. Both species have two rays on the hindwing exterior but good luck seeing them on excited males like this. Varying from rich orange outside to burnt red, this is the orange variety.

Note the large stigma and the close central orange squares making a sort of flying wedge on the upper forewing surface. Unmistakable if you can see the exterior rays plus the flight or the interior. The caterpillar eats Carex like the Dukes' as well as Scirpus. The populations in coastal Texas and Mississippi are now considered a separate species called the Bay Skipper, Euphyes bayensis.

The exterior of a Florida male. Showing the pale rays on the hindwing.

The female sunning in a ditch in extreme northern Pope county. Has the pale rays as well though not seen here. Lacks the males dark forewing line interiorly.

This was the county record Dion For Cleburne seen on a butterfly count weekend trip. And the only one we saw that day, along a rocky wash. Note the Dion left and the tragic loss of a Lace-winged Roadside Skipper on the right. Taken by an Ambush bug. There were many many Ambush bug victims atop flowers that day.  
The male Dion from Prairie county in spring 2017 when Bo and I were trying to go to undersurveyed counties. This one, as you can see, was on Brazilian Verbena which was growing wild in a roadside ditch and attracted many butterflies. Note the black zigzag. Once you see the pale rays on the exterior wings, the only species possibilities here are Dukes and Dion. Dukes is very dark inside and flies slow and floppy. Dions fly like rocketships.