|Clouded Skipper Butterfly – Lerema accius|
Family: Hesperiidae – Skippers / Subfamily: Hesperiinae – Grass skippers
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Live adult female skipper butterfly photographed at San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Family Hesperiidae: Skipper Butterflies comprise nearly 3,000 species worldwide, 250 of which call North America home. Roughly one third of North American butterflies belong to this family. Skippers are named for their rapid, erratic flight. Skippers differ from the true butterflies in their proportionately larger bodies, smaller wings, and hooked antennae, among many other structural differences.
Identification: Wings are dark brown. Upper side of male forewing has a dark black stigma; female forewing has transparent white spots. Underside of hindwing has dark and light patches and a violet-blue sheen.
Skipper butterflies can be divided into five subfamilies:
Order Lepidoptera, which contains both butterflies and moths, includes at least 125,000 known species including 12,000 in North America. Butterflies are revered for their brightly colored wings and pleasing association with fair weather and flowers.