Field and Swamp: Animals
and Their Habitats
Skippers (Hesperiidae family, Hesperioidea superfamily)
Skippers are informally considered to be butterflies, although "true butterflies" are members of the Papilionoidea superfamily. The skippers that I have photos of are all in either of two sub-families: the grass skippers (the Hesperiinae sub-family) and the spread-winged skippers (the Pyrginae sub-family).
Grass Skippers (Hesperiinae)
Although I first saw grass skippers on flowers, I eventually discovered that they do spend much, if not most, of their time in the grass. That's where they hide when it's raining, and they're quick to come out after the rain stops. Perhaps because they're small, they tolerate moisture better than the "true" butterflies and are more likely to venture out in the early morning than later. The tiny Least Skipper thrives in swampy environments. Yet some are capable of major migration, such as the Brazilian Skipper.
Spread-winged Skippers (Pyrginae)
These larger skippers often, but not always, spread their wings while resting. Some of them, such as the Silver-Spotted Skipper, do "skip" around in flight (each flap sending one up briefly), while the Long-Tailed Skipper can move steadily and rapidly.
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