Western Branded Skipper

Western branded skipper, July 30, 2020

Western branded skipper (Hesperia colorado oregonia), July 30, 2020, Gary Fast

Western Branded Skipper

Western branded skipper (Hesperia colorado oregonia), spotted by Gary Fast, July 30, 2020, Whaletown, B.C.

From Canadian Biodiversity Information FacilityThis skipper is similar to Common Branded Skipper (Hesperia comma) and generally looks like a larger (wingspan: 25 to 32 mm), paler, washed-out version of it. The range of Hesperia colorado overlaps that of comma in southern British Columbia and that of Plains Skipper (Hesperia assiniboia) in southwestern Saskatchewan.

Subspecies: There are about ten subspecies of Hesperia colorado, of which two occur in Canada. Subspecies harpalus occurs throughout the dry interior of southern British Columbia and in southwestern Saskatchewan, and has white spots on the hindwing beneath. Subspecies oregonia occurs from southern Vancouver Island southward and has pale yellow spots on the hindwing beneath.

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