Tropical Skipper

Tropical Skipper Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Tropical Skipper
  • Order Name: Lepidoptera
  • Family Name: Hesperiidae

The skipper members of this Order of insects are generally small and characterized by fast flight. Their wing venation and widely separated, curve-tipped antennae, also distinguish this group. Skippers are divided into giant skipper, grass skipper, shrub skipper and mimic skipper families.

Differentiated from true butterflies or a moths, skippers are characterized by their stout bodies, short wings, large heads and curve tipped antennae. Members of this group exhibit rapid, powerful and erratic flight. Tropical species can often be tempted to land on leaves baited with white tissue wads resembling bird droppings. Some species have beautiful iridescent coloration and long hind-wing tails.