Fiery Skipper

Hylephila phyleus (hi-lee-FY-luh FY-lee-us)

Fiery Skipper - imago - Cayo Coco, Cuba - 19-Oct-06 (4)
Photo © Pete Eeles
 

Checklist Number
57.0071

Family:HesperiidaeLatreille, 1809
Subfamily:HesperiinaeLatreille, 1809
Tribe:  
Genus:HylephilaBillberg, 1820
Subgenus:  
Species:phyleus(Drury, 1773)

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Introduction

Two specimens of the Fiery Skipper, a butterfly native to the Americas, were caught by a Mr. W. Raddon from a location near Barnstaple, Devon. It is thought the butterflies were transported by ship in one of the immature stages. Stephens (1827) subsequently describes and illustrates the species in volume 1 of Illustrations of British Entomology; or, A synopsis of indigenous insects: containing their generic and specific distinctions where, using the scientific name Pamphila Bucephalus, he writes:

"Taken in the neighbourhood of Barnstaple in Devonshire." - W. Raddon, Esq., who possessed two specimens of the insect, which he assures me were captured by himself in the above locality several years since. I have therefore on his testimony admitted the species; but I cannot avoid surmising that its origin is questionable, and that the specimens above alluded to were probably imported in one of their earlier states, among the timber or other stores which Mr. Raddon acquaints me came direct from the North American continent to Barnstaple. I am induced to say thus much from the circumstance of the section of the genus to which this insect belongs being without any other exception exclusively found in America; but it is nevertheless possible that the eastern hrait of the group may extend to the west of Europe; at all events it is necessary for me to notice the communication; and I have also, through the kindness of Mr. Raddon, given a figure of the insect, as it appears to be a nondescript, in order to enable others to recognise it, should they be fortunate enough to ascertain any thing further relative to the real origin of the species; but for my sentiments respecting the admission of similar species into the Fauna of any country, I must refer to the observations subjoined to Deilephila Celerio, and here express my opinion that the present insect is an imported species and not an aboriginal native of Britain.

Emmet (1990) elaborates on date of capture, suggesting that it was "about 1820", but gives no explanation for this conclusion.

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Illustrations of British Entomology, Volume 1, Plate 10

Hylephila phyleus

This species was first defined in Drury (1773a) as shown here and as shown in this plate (type locality: Antigua).

Fiery Skipper - male - Dover Woods, Barbados - 21-Oct-14-12

Male
Photo © Pete Eeles

Fiery Skipper - male - Dover Woods, Barbados - 16-Oct-14-11

Male Underside
Photo © Pete Eeles

Fiery Skipper, female - Williamsberg, Florida 1-Feb-2012

Female
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Fiery Skipper - female - Dover Woods, Barbados - 19-Oct-14-8

Female Underside
Photo © Pete Eeles

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History

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Conservation Status

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Habitat

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Distribution

2. Adventive
 

This species is considered an adventive, which is a species which arrives in the British Isles with the direct assistance of an external vector, without which it would not be present. Adventives are species that one would not expect to find in this country, either through inadvertent migration or through any other natural means of dispersal, with the exception perhaps of the most extreme meteorological event or possibly the transportation of a stage in the life cycle in a highly unlikely but natural means (e.g. an ovum or larva being transported upon the foot, bill, or plumage of a migratory bird).

Life Cycle

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Imago

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Hylephila phyleus

Fiery Skipper - imago - Cayo Coco, Cuba - 19-Oct-06 (4)

Photo © Pete Eeles
31-Oct-2006

Fiery Skipper - male - Dover Woods, Barbados - 23-Oct-14-13

Photo © Pete Eeles
23-Oct-2014

Fiery Skipper, female - Williamsberg, Florida 1-Feb-2012

Photo © sue davies
01-Feb-2012

Fiery Skipper - imago - Cayo Coco, Cuba - 19-Oct-06 (3)

Photo © Pete Eeles
21-Oct-2006

Fiery Skipper (2) [Glenn Richardson]

Photo © Glenn Richardson

Fiery Skipper - male - Dover Woods, Barbados - 16-Oct-14-9

Photo © Pete Eeles
16-Oct-2014

Fiery Skipper, female - Williamsberg, Florida 1-Feb-2012

Photo © sue davies
01-Feb-2012

Fiery Skipper pair (Hylephila phyleus) - Holetown, Barbados - 10th March, 2014

Photo © celery

Fiery Skipper - female - Dover Woods, Barbados - 19-Oct-14-8

Photo © Pete Eeles
19-Oct-2014

Fiery Skipper - female - Dover Woods, Barbados - 23-Oct-14-9

Photo © Pete Eeles
23-Oct-2014

Fiery Skipper - male - Dover Woods, Barbados - 16-Oct-14-11

Photo © Pete Eeles
16-Oct-2014

Fiery Skipper - male - Dover Woods, Barbados - 16-Oct-14-8

Photo © Pete Eeles
16-Oct-2014

Fiery Skipper - female - Dover Woods, Barbados - 16-Oct-14

Photo © Pete Eeles
16-Oct-2014

Fiery Skipper - female - Dover Woods, Barbados - 19-Oct-14-7

Photo © Pete Eeles
19-Oct-2014

Fiery Skipper - male - Dover Woods, Barbados - 21-Oct-14-12

Photo © Pete Eeles
21-Oct-2014

Fiery Skipper - male - Dover Woods, Barbados - 16-Oct-14-10

Photo © Pete Eeles
16-Oct-2014

Fiery Skipper - male - Dover Woods, Barbados - 24-Oct-14-14

Photo © Pete Eeles
24-Oct-2014

Fiery Skipper - male - Dover Woods, Barbados - 16-Oct-14

Photo © Pete Eeles
16-Oct-2014

Fiery Skipper - female - Dover Woods, Barbados - 16-Oct-14-6

Photo © Pete Eeles
16-Oct-2014

Fiery Skipper, female - Williamsberg, Florida 1-Feb-2012

Photo © sue davies

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Ovum

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Larva

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Pupa

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Aberrations

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References

The species description provided here references the following publications:

ReferenceDetails
Billberg (1820) Billberg, G.J. (1820) Enumeratio insectorum in Museo.
Drury (1773a) Drury, D. (1773) Illustrations of Natural History (Vol.1).
Emmet (1990) Emmet, A.M. and Heath, J. (1990) The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland.
Latreille (1809) Latreille, P.A. (1809) Genera crustaceorum et insectorum secundum ordinem naturalem in familias disposita, iconibus exemplisque plurimis explicata.
Stephens (1827) Stephens, J.E. (1827) Illustrations of British Entomology (Haustellata Vol.1).