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:LEP01890
ITIS TSN#:117278

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Morgan Territory, General, Morgan Territory, General, Clayton
County:Contra Costa County
ECI Site#:CAEB380000
Park/Forest:Morgan Territory

RECOGNITION
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

HABITAT

CREDITS
Photographer
Lorri Gong

REFERENCES
  • Family Hesperiidae - Skippers. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/189). Accessed March 12, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#117278


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