Two different skipper species ties my annual record in the yard. Maybe they don’t visit the yard all that often or I just might not be looking at the right time. But it was a delight to have a pair of these Peck’s Skippers-Polites peckius on our Allium yesterday afternoon.
Of course I wanted a wing spread so moved directly behind the skipper and it obliged. But…what was interesting was how quickly the wings snapped shut just as I released the shutter. I guess it was reacting to the flash or maybe the autofocus but that was frustrating. Eventually I figured that if I hit the shutter a second after the first (I generally do not use motor drive…maybe I should) it kept the wings open.
What a nice treat in the garden.