|Tropical Checkered Skipper Butterflies||Pyrgus oileus|
When you were a kid, did you ever play the game where the teacher has you write down directions, for example on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and another kid had to follow your directions to the letter? I did that once in middle school, and it helped me with one of my college writing classes. It sounds so simple, but try it (the sandwich often ends up inside-out; it's really funny!) Here's an example of how easily it can become confusing without face to face verbal communication:
Tim wrote, "The easiest way to tell is look at the Tropical Checkered Skipper with wings open as they do most of the time. Look in the center of the forewing at the large up and down white spot that is almost hour glass shaped, once you find that then look just to the right, there will be a single white spot going left to right or east to west which ever you prefer. If that spot is there, then you have a tropical."
Ok, simple enough, let's look:
We're not done; next we check:
"Also look on the very tip of the forewing and there should be a single small white dot just inward of the tip. With these 2 dots you have a tropical for sure. The Common checkered skipper does not have either of these. However these spots range in size and brightness and can be tricky, usually you need close focusing binocs to see these spots. The Common check sometimes has a small spot beside the hourglass spot which can be confusing, but it will not have the small spot at the wing tip."
Um, the whole butterfly is white dots! Ok, not the two on the edge, so it must be that tiny dot near the edge:
Update - I got a great score on it :)