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Family Hesperiidae - Skippers

skipper - Polites vibex Butterfly ID - Erynnis - male Confusing Skipper - Polites themistocles Common Sootywing - Pholisora catullus Which Skipper? - Wallengrenia egeremet skipper with light band around edge of wings - Polites themistocles Dotted Roadside-Skipper - Amblyscirtes eos Peck's skipper - Polites peckius
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Hesperiidae (Skippers)
Identification
Generally small, mostly orange or brown butterflies with short fat bodies, hooked antennae and rapid, skipping flight. Some species (chiefly Spreadwing Skippers, subfamily Pyrginae) hold their wings in a single flat plane, many others hold hind wings flat and forewings at an angle.

Caterpillars have a large head, easily distinguished from most other caterpillars by a constriction at the back. Individual caterpillars create shelters for themselves by folding over a piece of leaf or tying a couple of leaves together, and are not generally seen out in the open.

Remarks
Some place this family in the superfamily Hesperioidea, rather than Papilionoidea.
Print References
Minno/Butler/Hall (1) p.123
Warren, Andrew D., Joshua R. Ogawa, Andrew V. Z. Brower; June 2009; 'Revised classification of the family Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea) based on combined molecular and morphological data'; Systematic Entomology 34(3): 467–523
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Florida Butterfly Caterpillars And Their Host Plants
Marc C. Minno, JERRY F. BUTLER, DONALD W. HALL. 2005. University Press Florida.