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Family Hesperiidae - Skippers

Two species - Urbanus Sootywing - Pholisora catullus Hammock Skipper - Polygonus leo Tropical Checkered Skipper Cat? - Pyrgus Orange, Red, Yellow, and black caterpillar.   - Epargyreus clarus Wild Indigo Duskywing - Erynnis baptisiae Pyrgus communis Common Sootywing - Pholisora catullus
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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)
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. A few small species (collectively often called "Skipperlings") do not have the antennae hooked at the tip, but otherwise look like typical Grass Skippers.

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.

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.