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Life on Distant Hill Blog ... Folded-winged Skipper

An Often Overlooked Butterfly

A Folded-winged Skipper and a fly on a Eastern Purple Coneflower  (Echinacea purpurea).
A Folded-winged Skipper and a fly on a Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea).

The Folded-wing Skippers are not very colorful, so they are often overlooked in the garden. But they are an interesting insect because of their unique and characteristic posture: they hold their wings partially open while resting, with the front wings and hind wings held at different angles.. All members of this group feed on grasses or grassy-like plants, like sedges and rushes, as caterpillars. Because of this fact, they are often called Grass Skippers.

 

Folded-winged Skippers, also called Banded Skippers,  are butterflies of the family Hesperiidae. There are over 2000 species of Folded-winged Skippers, and 1500 other species in the Skipper family. They are found worldwide.

Butterflies Defined

Butterflies are a mainly day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, which is made up of the following superfamilies:


                                                                                                                            All the many other families within the order Lepidoptera are referred to as Moths.