42 thoughts on “Eye-Eye Skipper

    • I almost sneaked and called it a Mountain Checkered-Skipper, they look similar, so I could title the post “Mountain Skipper in the Valley”, but a common checkered-skipper is a Common Checkered-Skipper. So I called it what it is. Thanks, Laurie.

    • We could call him “Darling, darling”. I’m pretty sure he’s never heard anyone call him by his name. Thanks, Lavinia.

  1. Haven’t seen this one before.

    O/T: More end-of-the-world content … giant lizards at large in Georgia. They eat anything. 🙂

    • I looked up siting and there is on reported sighting of the Common Checkered-Sjipper in around Colorado Springs. You may end up getting more skippers up your way. Better than the Argentine Black & White Tegus invading Georgia.

    • Hi Dale. One map shows they been spotted in every state except Arizona, Utah, North Dakota, Alaska, and Hawaii. But the map is quite checkered.

      • One range map shows them in southern Canada from British Columbia to Manitoba, but not east of Manitoba. If you are in Ontario or Quebec, I don’t think you will see any of these skippers.

      • I remember one year we got down to -20º F, but usually, we only drop a little below zero F in the winter. We get into the 90s and over 100º F most days in the summertime, but it’s very dry here, so the heat is tolerable. We were in Ravenna, Italy one August with 104º F temps and 99% humidity. It was miserable.

      • Where are you, again? I have a blank and am too lazy to go looking – I was going to say New Mexico but am not sure…
        -20F is closer to our “often” cold – below that is not a regular thing.
        Ugh. That would be so miserable to visit a country in that type of heat. Mind you, my sister and brother-in-law did that when they went to Greece… No thanks.

      • We’er in New Mexico at 5000 feet above sea level in the valley. -20 even down to -30 is not uncommon in the higher elevations.

  2. Hello Timothy
    Common Checkered-Skipper on Purple Salvia. The only two words I knew before you posted were “common” and “on”.
    “Checkered-Skipper.” He looks great. “Purple Salvia.” I thought they were blue bells. Now I know better. Thank you for that.
    I love your posts Timothy. The pictures and the videos are gorgeous. You bless all of us with the wonders of the nature. That’s fantastic.
    I hope everyone is well and sound asleep at this hour.
    G.

    • Hi Gabriela. I’m happy you got a couple of new words along with seeing a beautiful little skipper and Purple Salvia. We were all tucked into bed, and I had 3 cats snuggled on me. Spunk is on my lap now. He says “Meow”.

      • Haha! I am in bed too and Maya is right in my arms purring. That’s a beautiful way to start the day. May the rest of your day be as. beautiful as your morning.

  3. It was amazing that you stopped in yesterday same time as my upholsterer and Air Pro…up until then, all had been so quiet. Did you need me or just saying hi? Sorry. Your office all ok? My continued worry is my girls carrying it unknowingly…concerned for Don and Mom, if not me. Opening to public sales tomorrow.  Not that we ever have crowds…dont think I’ll need yellow tape lines 6 feet apart on sidewalk to manage eager shoppers! But we must get some action/sales as the cash is going going gone…Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

  4. The wildlife is endless where you live.
    I really adore all the pics you post of it. I’m sure I’ve learned more here than I remember learing at school!

    • Thanks, Resa. I wouldn’t expect you would learn a lot about wildlife in New Mexico in Canadian schools.

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