Butterfly - Skipper Family (Hesperiidae)

Chequered Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Butterfly - Skipper Family (Hesperiidae)

Skippers are found worldwide in distribution, with most of the diversity found in the tropics. More than 3,500 species have been described. Approximately 275 species are found in North America, many of which are found only in Arizona and Texas. Most skippers are small to medium, usually orange, brown, black, white, or gray. A few have iridescent colors. Skippers have large eyes, short antennae (often with hooked clubs), and stout bodies. Their flight is often rapid, making wing movement appear blurred. Adults of most species have long probicscises and feed on floral nectar, but some also take up nutrients from bird droppings.

  • Chequered Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)

    Chequered Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)

  • Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

    Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

  • Two-barred Flasher (Astraptes fulgerator)

    Two-barred Flasher (Astraptes fulgerator)

  • Common Checkered-skipper (Pyrgus communis)

    Common Checkered-skipper (Pyrgus communis)

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