Insect and Bug ID forum: Which Skipper is this?

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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Aug 11, 2014 4:53 AM CST
Tiny Skipper on my Menta spicata blooms yesterday. At least, I am assuming it's a skipper! Hilarious! Anyone know which kind?

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Here is a close-up.



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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Aug 11, 2014 12:34 PM CST
It's most likely a Pyrausta sp., however there's a lot of them in the US. Ground colour and markings can be variable but generally if you look for one which has the large gold blobs on the underwing you might get close. If you find a look-alike, check to see if it's in your location.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/950636

http://bugguide.net/node/view/9722/bgpage

http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Pyrausta-orphisal...



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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Aug 11, 2014 12:55 PM CST
Thanks Janet. That is very helpful!
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Aug 11, 2014 1:33 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.

It does appear to be Pyrausta orphisalis, the description on butterfliesandmoths says:

Forewing dark brown with a large orange pm. spot near costa; wide orange pm. band on hindwing


The forewing is the top wing, the costa is the 'leading edge' and the large orange pm (post median) spot fits, as well as the wide pm (post median) band on the hindwing which is the wings underneath.
Name: josephine
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frostweed
Aug 11, 2014 1:43 PM CST
That is a very pretty Moth.
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Aug 11, 2014 5:58 PM CST
I agree It is very pretty! I looked it up in the HOSTS database and yup--Pyrausta orphisalis uses Mentha species as a larval host in the US. So I'll have to keep an eye on my spearmint and see if I notice any little Orange Mint Moth caterpillars. ;-)

Thanks so much, Janet! :-)
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