Skippers or say as Hesperiidiae butterflies are the non-nocturnal butterflies with 3500 varieties. These butterflies have quick darting flight and their antennas are hooked backwards.
Skippers have many subfamilies in which all those have varied shape and size. The general skippers have large compound eyes and stockier bodies and even stronger wings muscles.
The shape of the wings is rounded and sharply tipped forewings. The interesting thing about these butterflies is when they are in resting position, the wings are in the upward position or spread rather than folding up.
The general colour of this butterflies is dull brown or grey and some of them have black or white colours. Red, yellow, blue are rarely found colours in skippers type of butterflies, but if we observe in higher classifications there are rich coloured butterflies found.
The male butterflies have black streak or patch on forewings. Out of 3500 species, Skippers are subclassified into following subfamilies:
|Coeliadinae||Awls, Awlets, and Policemen (about 75 species)|
|Euschemoninae||regent skipper (monotypic)|
|Pyrginae||Spread-winged skippers and firetips (including Pyrrhopyginae)|
|Heteropterinae||Skipperlings (about 150 species)|
|Hesperiinae||Grass skippers (over 2000 species)|
|Megathyminae||Giant skippers (about 18 species; doubtfully distinct from Hesperiinae)|
|Trapezitinae||Australian skippers (about 60 species)|
Various Lower Classification Of Skippers Butterflies:
|Common Name||Scientific Name||Photo|
|Grizzled Skippers||Pyrgus malvae|
|Spread Wing Skipper||Pyrginae|
|Large skipper||Ochlodes Sylvanus|
|Essex Skipper||Thymelicus lineola|
|Small Skipper||Thymelicus Sylvestris|
|Dingy Skippers||Erynnis tages|
|Hesperia comma||Hesperia comma|
|Pelopidas Mathias||Pelopidas mathias|
|Fiery skipper||Hylephila phyleus|
|Long-Tailed Skippers||Urbanus proteus|
|Chequered Skipper or Arctic Skipper||Carterocephalus palaemon|
|Large Chequered Skipper||Heteropterus morpheus|
|Astraptes Fulgerator||Astraptes fulgerator|
|Erionota Thrax||Erionota Thrax|
|Hesperia Dacotae||Hesperia dacotae|
|Golden Banded-Skipper||Autochton Cellus|
|Orange Awlet||Bibasis harissa|
| Flat Or Spreadwings
|Bibasis Anadi||Bibasis Anadi|
|Perichares philetes||Caribbean Ruby-eye|
|Glazed Pelliccia||Pelliccia Arina|
|Purple Stained Skipper||Zenis Jebus Hemizona|
|Hermit Skipper||Graig Stigmaticus|
This was the detailed information of Skipper butterflies and all the sub-classification of it. I hope you have acquired everything through this article. If I have missed out something you can mention it in comment box.