The Hesperiidae Family (Skippers) with 200 species is known for their erratic flight patterns.
5 Tips to Identify Skippers in the Hesperiidae Family
- Their flight is very quick as they appear to ‘skip’ from flower to flower
- Skippers are physically distinguished from other butterflies by their hooked antennae
- Unique patterns of veins in their wings
- Many skippers rest with their wings at odd angles (like jet wings) compared to other butterflies
- Their colors vary from brown, black, grey, to burnt-orange
ID Guide: Hesperiidae Family Side-by-Side Photo Comparison
Use the side-by-side comparison of the photos below to identify skippers in the Hesperiidae Family. Click on the butterfly image below to see additional butterfly photos, descriptions, and flight range map.