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Family Hesperiidae - Skippers

Mystery Skipper - Cogia hippalus Long-tailed Skipper - Urbanus proteus - male Southern Cloudywing - Thorybes bathyllus Horace Duskywing - Erynnis horatius Dun skipper - Euphyes vestris Funereal Duskywing - Erynnis funeralis - female Dun Skipper (Euphyes vestris)?? - Polites origenes Zabulon Skipper - Poanes zabulon
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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)
Explanation of Names
Family HESPERIIDAE Latreille, 1809
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. 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.

Remarks
Some place this family in the superfamily Hesperioidea, rather than Papilionoidea.
Print References
Warren, A.D., J.R. Ogawa and A.V.Z. Brower. 2008. Phylogenetic relationships of subfamilies and circumscription of tribes in the family Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea). Cladistics 24, 1–35. (1)
Warren, A.D., J.R. Ogawa & A.V.Z. Brower. 2009. Revised classification of the family Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea) based on combined molecular and morphological data. Systematic Entomology 34(3): 467-523. (2)
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Works Cited
1.Phylogenetic relationships of subfamilies and circumscription of tribes in the family Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea).
Warren, A.D., J.R. Ogawa and A.V.Z. Brower. 2008. Cladistics 24, 1–35.
2.Revised classification of the family Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea) based on combined molecular and morphological data.
Warren, A.D., J.R. Ogawa & A.V.Z. Brower. 2009. Systematic Entomology 34(3): 467-523.