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Skippers (Hesperiidae)

Skippers all resemble one another. They can easily be distinguished from other butterflies by their relatively robbust body and rather small wings. They seem to be a mix between moths and butterflies. They have the heavy body that is similar to that of the owlets or woolly bears. Contrary to these moths, Skippers have their antennae with knob on them, just like in any other butterfly. They hold their wings tightly pressed along the body, something never seen in Owlets. Another obvious difference is that Skippers are active during day time. So far I had only two species in my garden: the Large Skipper and the Essex Skipper.


Large Skipper Ochlodes venata

The Large Skipper is a regular visitor to my garden. More...


Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola

In the USA the Essex Skipper is known as the European Skipper. More...
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