I photographed this skipper about 10 days ago near College Park, Maryland. When I first saw it, it was on a sidewalk by a busy road. As I approached it, it got scared and flew onto the road. Right then a car passed by and the skipper disappeared. I walked over feeling guilty that I had pushed it to an untimely death. Then I saw that it had survived and was sitting on the road. I was able to pick it up with my fingers and carry to a nearby plant-I think it was a little dazed after its encounter with a car.
I am not sure what it is. It comes closest to the dun skipper (Euphyes vestris). All the other common skippers around here have some dots or other marks on the lower surfaces of their wings. However, the Butterflies and Moths of North America site describes the habitat of the dun skipper as "Wet areas near deciduous woods such as meadows, seeps, swamp edges, and streams." I found it near a rather dry grassy strip with sparse trees near a road.
Previous skipper posts on Snail's Tales:
Common Checkered Skipper