Spread-winged Skipper

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There are folded-wing skippers like this zabulon skipper and

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 spread-winged skippers, like this Horace’s duskywing. The missing part on each wing shows that something tried to capture it.

They don’t call them “skippers for nothing — they can “skip” out of sight without seeing them leave.

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According to North America Butterfly Association (NABA) approximately 20,000 butterfly species occur in the world. North America, north of Mexico, has 725 species with about 575 in the lower 48 states.

The Illinois Checklist of Illinois Lepidoptera includes 84 species of butterflies and 54 species of skippers … and skippers can be confusing!

They make an interesting and challenging hobby!

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I saw a beauty today but I’m not sure if it was a skipper. I couldn’t get a good shot of it.

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