Ocola Skipper Panoquina ocola

Late summer scatter of these in my state. They breed mostly south and east. Long-winged things with a purple sheen when fresh. Sometimes a row of white dots on the exterior hindwing as well. Veins often prominent as in this individual. A circlet of white spots present inside the forewing, visible when the wings are open, with one spot having a shark tooth or rosethorn shape (see below). Usually fast and skittish butterflies. There are multiple species in this genus on the Gulf Coast and in Texas. But northward this is the only one with this shape.

And the appearance in June 2012 of these fairly fresh Ocolas at Bell Slough's east side was notable. They were listed for June but expected early only in the southern tier of counties. Nice big rounded shark tooth here and the elongate form. We saw two different individuals this day.

And the face and outer of the same Ocola from Bell. Light is not good for the purple sheen here. And these are variable with perhaps the early brood less colorful.

And Tom's closer fall Ocola with the forewing spot row showing a little better along with the veining. Not much purpling here. That rounded flat face also notable.

Interior shot. From Jefferson county. A bit more worn. But also showing the shark tooth.

Salt Marsh Skipper Panoquina panoquin

A coastal specialty as the name suggests. Like an Ocola with a large dash in the hindwing and muted tones. Sometimes staggeringly common in salt marsh habitat. Taken outside Merritt Island NWR, Florida. Neither this or the next are found in Arkansas.

Obscure Skipper Panoquina panoquinoides

The less common salt marsh lover in the Panoquina group. Smaller and less marked. This shot is also from Florida where one should go to look for it. Note the less elongate wing and the three spots.