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Garita Skipper

Oarisma garita
Photo by Thomas Bentley

Habitat: The Garita Skipper prefers grasslands and is very common around the Peace River area.  It can be found in its butterfly stage mainly in June and July.

Description: Garita Skippers are brown with the leading edge of the front wings being orange.  Unlike other Skippers whose wings usually lay flat, the Garita Skippers hold their wings folded above their body or with the front wings open at an acute angle and the hind wings lying flat.

Size: 20-25 mm

Diet: Prefer the flowers of legumes.

Fun Facts: The Garita Skipper is part of the folded-wing group.

Source:

Acorn, John. Butterflies of Alberta. Edmonton: Lone Pine Publishing, 1993. Print

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