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Woodland skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides)

Woodland skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides). Inland and coastal specimens vary considerably, with the latter possessing much more ornate markings on the undersides of their hindwings.

Woodland skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides).  Dorsal view of male.  Near Yellow Creek, Plumas County, CA.  Image ID=BUT0075
Woodland skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides), dorsal view of a male inland specimen. Yellow Creek, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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Woodland skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides).  Male engaged in puddling, which is a behavior thought to be a way of obtaining salts and minerals from the moist soil.  Near Yellow Creek, Plumas County, CA.  Image ID=BUT0076
Woodland skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides), male engaged in puddling (which is a behavior thought to be a means of obtaining salts and minerals from moist soil). Yellow Creek, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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Woodland skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides).  Lateral view showing a very plain underside of the hindwing, which is typical of this species' inland inhabitants (compared to coastal specimens, which have much more ornate markings).  Near Yellow Creek, Plumas County, CA.  Image ID=BUT0077
Woodland skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides), lateral view of an individual using its proboscis to obtain moisture, salts and minerals. Yellow Creek, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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