Unidentified Visitor by olivetreeann

Unidentified Visitor

I saw this fellow/lady land on top of my tallest Zinnia today and grabbed my zoom to get a shot of it. I've never seen a double-winged butterfly like this before. It's body and eyes looked similar to a Skipper but I could not find a picture of any butterfly or moth that matched it. So who knows what it is!? I'm just glad he/she was into showing off those amazing wings to me!

I posted this picture on the facebook page of my camera club and was directed by a friend to a Skipper I hadn't heard of before but it wasn't the same. I was about to leave the search page when I saw "related searches" with pictures- and there it was! So now I know this is a Whirlabout, a butterfly in the Skipper family but with its own unique twist. When it takes off to fly it whirls about like a helicopter circles a landing pad.
I'm going to be watching to see if someone can identify it - so unusual - not in any of my books. Great clear shot of it.
July 31st, 2020  
nice
July 31st, 2020  
@milaniet Thanks for checking. I'm really stumped by this one!
July 31st, 2020  
@sailingmusic Thank you Myrna!
July 31st, 2020  
Beautifully surreal
July 31st, 2020  
@brigette Thank you Brigette!
July 31st, 2020  
Beautiful capture
July 31st, 2020  
cool fav
July 31st, 2020  
I can't identify it but it is a beauty.
July 31st, 2020  
Nice catch!
July 31st, 2020  
What a stunner, maybe you discovered a new species!
July 31st, 2020  
didn't know that this exists, very exclusive shot. You were lucky and obviously fast to catch it. Very nice.
July 31st, 2020  
now that is one instant FAV
July 31st, 2020  
Terrific capture, you'll have us all googling moths until we can identify it!
July 31st, 2020  
Absolutely stunning!
July 31st, 2020  
I was going to say a Skipper before I read your text. Neither a butterfly nor a moth.
July 31st, 2020  
Very interesting!
July 31st, 2020  
Beautiful capture
July 31st, 2020  
Lovely capture, pov
July 31st, 2020  
what a glorious specimen. nicely composed
July 31st, 2020  
wow
incredible pov and capture
fav
July 31st, 2020  
If it is a new species and you get to name it I want you to call it Ann foolery! An absolutely amazing photo of it whatever it is and a definite FAV (Love your tags too!)
July 31st, 2020  
Looks a lot like it might be the back end of a hummingbird moth of some sort. Nice close up.
July 31st, 2020  
Great pov and focus. Lovely shot.
July 31st, 2020  
Excellent shot, maybe consider sending a copy to the county extension agent near you.
July 31st, 2020  
A beautul pov. composition and capture .Fav.
July 31st, 2020  
Wonderful pov! Beautiful capture!
July 31st, 2020  
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Thank you Harry, Kerri, Babs, Issi, Diana, Orion, Katrina, Judith, Mallory, Wylie, Louise, Bri, Gloria, Clare, Nina, Katy, Kathy, Haskar, Joy, Ferry, and Carole!

Thank you so much for all the views, comments and favs!

@joysabin Great idea! I will try a couple of the environmental centers here.
July 31st, 2020  
Spectacular shot
August 1st, 2020  
@amyk Thanks Amy!
August 1st, 2020  
Gorgeous
August 1st, 2020  
Beautiful
August 1st, 2020  
Great pov and beautiful colors.
August 1st, 2020  
@momamo @rosiekind @mittens

Thank you Monique, Rosie, and Marilyn!

@milaniet @sailingmusic @brigette @hjbenson @moviegal1 @onewing @jamibann @ludwigsdiana @orion5d @koalagardens @judithdeacon @sunnygirl @pusspup @lmsa @bybri @seattlite @pistache @ninaganci @grammyn @randystreat @haskar @joysabin @pyrrhula @carole_sandford @amyk


I just wanted to let you all know I found out that this is indeed a butterfly that goes by the name "Whirlabout" because when it takes off to fly it whirls about like a helicopter. Polites Vibex is the Latin name and it belongs in the category of a Skipper. You learn something new every day here!
August 1st, 2020  
@olivetreeann thanks so much for the update Ann
August 2nd, 2020  
Unusual wings!
August 3rd, 2020  
@vesna0210 Thank you Vesna! I had never seen anything like this before. I will probably never see another one again as well.
August 4th, 2020  
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