Firey Skipper Butterflies Hylephila phyleus
Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus, sips nectar from a white Cnidoscolus flower. I think it's a male; they're brighter.
These tiny Firey Skipper Butterflies are enjoying nectar from what I think is a Cnidoscolus chayamansa bush. My butterflies adore it.
Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus, sips nectar from a white Cnidoscolus flower.
Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus, sips nectar from tiny white and purple Phyla nodiflora flowers

Firey Skippers zip around my lawn pausing here and there to sip from Phyla nodiflora flowers too. I try to leave a few flowers standing each time I mow because many of my butterflies snack on them. They also enjoy Spanish Needles flowers. I try to keep those flowers restricted to places where the needle like clingy seeds aren't likely to stick to my clothing.

I found this Firey Skipper Butterfly inside a public building. Cool - a cornered skipper. These little bugs are usually too speedy for photos, but this one was cold from the AC and confined to a single room: perfect! It still wasn't as easy as I'd initially hoped; I couldn't follow it to the ceiling.
The skipper stuck inside had an ongoing opportunity to fly out the door.
Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus, perched on a wall beside my fingertips
These next butterflies weren't as fortunate, so at this time if you only want the happy endings, go look at my other butterflies.
Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus
Tim, thanks for helping me learn more about my skippers!
The butterfly on the purple mistflower is not eating; it's being eaten. Look closely.
Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus, sips nectar from a Spanish Needles flower
Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus
Those odd beasts by the butterfly are ambush bugs. They lurk on nectar flowers and consume bugs that visit seeking nectar. They aren't the only dangers lurking at the nectar oases. This next Firey Skipper picked the wrong flower on the Cnidoscolus bush.
Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus
Those pale legs gripping the skipper belong to this ghostly looking flower spider:
Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus, hanging dead beside its final meal of Purple Mistflower. The ambush bug that killed her is still attached.
Female Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus
That red tendril of vine snaking across the picture of the under-side of the spider fang in the butterfly is Virginia Creeper; it was growing over the bush despite  my numerous attempts to yank it out, uproot it, and weed-eat it. I like that particular vine, just not in that particular location. After all of the miserable skippers, I thought I'd leave you with a live one. It left too.
Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus, still caught in the clutches of a very busy ambush bug. Purple mistflower.
Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus, still caught in the clutches of a very busy ambush bug. Purple mistflower.
Three ghostly spider legs clutch a Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus
Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus
Tug of war between the spider and me so I could show you the wing of the Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus
Spider fang in a Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus
Sunlit Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus
Departing Firey Skipper Butterfly, Hylephila phyleus
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