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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Skipper butterfly season

A skipper butterfly feeds using its long proboscis on a flower at a county park near Roseburg, Ore., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. Skipper butterflies are named after their quick darting flight habits. 
It must be skipper butterfly season, because there were hundreds scooting about the zinnia flowers at the park.
Skipper butterfly fun fact from wikipedia: Many species of skipper butterflies look frustratingly alike. The only reliable method of telling them apart involves dissection and examination of their genitalia, which have species specific characteristics that prevent mating between species. 

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