LONG DASH, HOBOMOK SKIPPer, and OCOLA SKIPPER
Long Dash Skipper, photographed May 29, 2017, at Cedar Bog. This is my only sighting of this somewhat uncommon skipper.
Hobomok Skipper, photographed May 7, 2017 at Ash Cave in Hocking Hills (eastern Ohio). This species looks somewhat like a Peck's Skipper on the side, and similar to a Zabulon Skipper above. As with most skipper butterflies, it is always helpful to get photos from both angles (if the butterfly cooperates!).
Another view of the Hobomok Skipper at Ash Cave.
This is the only Hobomok Skipper I have ever found in our area. Photographed May 22, 2018, at Germantown MetroPark.
This is an Ocola Skipper, a rare stray to Ohio. Ocola Skippers have long, narrow wings with a distinctive rectangular shape.
On the upper surface of their wings, Ocola Skippers have a notched white spot shaped like an arrowhead.
2018 was the first year I encountered Ocola Skippers. I saw three individuals in 2018 and four in 2019. Like many uncommon migrant species, they tend to turn up in late summer and fall. My sighting dates range from August 21st to October 9th.
The first Ocola Skipper I ever saw was at Germantown MetroPark. All of my other sightings have been at Cox Arboretum, including the individual at left.