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Arizona Powdered Skipper
Zampa Skipper

Systasea zampa

 

Systasea zampa photo © by Mike Plagens

This butterfly was taking water from the edge of a drying tinaja near Black Canyon, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA. 29 Sept. 2008.

Hesperiidae -- Skipper Butterfly Family

Unlike many butterflies the wing margins of the Arizona Powdered Skipper are wavy or scalloped. The wingspan is typically about 3 cm. The dorsal surface is an attractive pattern of pastel grays, browns and whites. Various members of the Mallow Family are used as the larval host plant.

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