Skipper
( Hesperiidae )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Hesperiidae
(Latreille ,1809 )
Common Name:Skipper
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Hesperiidae
Taxon Code:LEP00688
ITIS/TSN:117278

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Mendocino County, Mendocino County, 5401 Canyon Rd., Willits
County:Mendocino County
ECI Site#:CA23942300

RECOGNITION
Recognition
Insects can be distinguished from other taxa by the following: 1) 3 pairs of legs; 2) 3 Main body sections (head, thorax, and abdomen); 3) 2 Pairs of of wings as adults, with some groups having just one pair or none; 4) 1 Pair of antennae; and 4) 1 Pair of compound eyes; with simple eyes (ocelli) present in many groups
Description
Adults: Generally small, mostly orange or brown butterflies with short fat bodies, hooked antennae and rapid, skipping flight. Some species (chiefly Spreadwing Skippers, subfamily Pyrginae) hold their wings in a single flat plane, many others hold hind wings flat and forewings at an angle. Larvae: Caterpillars have a large head, easily distinguished from most other caterpillars by a constriction at the back. Individual caterpillars create shelters for themselves by folding over a piece of leaf or tying a couple of leaves together, and are not generally seen out in the open.

BIOLOGY

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Family Hesperiidae - Skippers. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/189). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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