Hammock Skipper (Polygonus leo)
Hammock Skipper is a large skipper found in the shady understory of hammocks. They normally perch on the undersides of leaves, with wings folded. The undersides are slightly purplish, especially in the camera's flash.
Compare with Florida Purplewing and Dingy Purplewing, which are found in the same places and with similar poses. They are not difficult to tell apart from photos, but with a poor view on the dark underside of a leaf in a shady hammock, confusion is possible. Note that purplewings and other nymphalids only show 4 of their 6 legs (2 are greatly reduced and held up), while skippers show all 6 legs.
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Key Largo, Monroe Co., FL 6/24/2010.
Big Pine Key, Monroe Co., FL 6/26/2010.
On rare occasions, Hammock Skippers perch on the top side of leaves with wings opened to get a little sun, showing the aquamarine color of their body and large white spots in the forewings.
Big Pine Key, Monroe Co., FL 6/27/2010.