FIERY Skipper AND LEAST SKIPPER

Fiery Skippers are southern visitors to Ohio. Their numbers fluctuate from year to year. They have golden-orange wings with tiny black dots. 

Fiery Skippers usually show up in late summer or fall. I have a few sightings in July and August, but Fiery Skippers are far more likely to be encountered in September or October. My latest sighting is November 7th.  

Least Skippers are our smallest butterflies. You can get an idea of their tiny size by comparing this butterfly to the dandelion flower he is nectaring at.

Male Fiery Skippers have a distinctive two-part stigma (the two black dashes  shown here). 

Least Skippers are abundant in wet habitats: around ponds, wetlands, wet meadows, rivers, etc.

Least Skippers have a long flight period, from May to October.

This Fiery Skipper was photographed along the Great Miami River in Miamisburg. Riverways are a good place to look for migratory species (although common migrants like this can turn up anywhere). 

A late season Fiery Skipper nectars at tiny white asters.