Zabulon Skipper´╗┐

Zabulon Skippers are very common along wooded trails and forest edges. This male is nectaring at a clover blossom.

Male Zabulon Skippers are encountered more frequently than the shy females. The males have large golden patches on their wings. Males are inquisitive (aggressive?) and will often leave their perches to closely approach and investigate a passing hiker. 

Female Zabulons are one of my favorite skippers. When seen in bright sunlight, they have a deep-red glow, like the color of a garnet.  

This is another female Zabulon Skipper. This species has two broods. The first emerges in May and remains common through June. The second typically emerges in late July and flies through August (although I have seen one straggler as late as September 19th).

Male and female Zabulon Skippers look completely different. Females (upper left) are reddish-brown with white frosting on the edge of their wings. Males (bottom right) have golden-brown wings.