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Skippers

Skippers are small butterflies mainly dressed in orange or brown, and many species hold their forewings and hindwings at two different angles, giving them a characteristic ďfighter jetĒ appearance. Once thought to be an intermediate life form between butterflies and moths, their antennae are slightly hooked at the end instead of clubbed or feathery. Their heads are large and their bodies are thick and furry, giving them a mothlike appearance. However, skippers fly during the day and are more closely related to true butterflies than they are to moths.

There are three types of skipper in our region: Spread-winged skippers are characterized by their dull colours (usually brown with some white spotting) and tendency to perch with their wings held open along a single plane; the intermediate skippers, or skipperlings, of which only one species is found in Ontario; and the grass skippers, named for the caterpillars which typically feed on grasses and sedges.
Spread-winged Skippers
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Sedge Skippers
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Genus Polites
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The Three Witches
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Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skippers (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skippers (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skippers (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skippers (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)
 Arctic Skippers (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Arctic Skippers (Carterocephalus palaemon)
Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)
Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)
Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)
Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
European Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
Fiery Skipper  (Hylephila phyleus)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Fiery Skipper  (Hylephila phyleus)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Leonardís Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Leonardís Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Leonardís Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Leonardís Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Leonardís Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Leonardís Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Leonardís Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Leonardís Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Leonardís Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Leonardís Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Leonardís Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Leonardís Skipper (Hesperia leonardus)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)mok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)mok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)Female Pocohontas form
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Female "Pocohontas" form
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)
Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan)
Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan)
Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan)
Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan)
Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan)
Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan)
Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan)
Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan)
Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan)
Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan)
Delaware Skippers (Anatrytone logan)
Delaware Skippers (Anatrytone logan)
Common Roadside Skipper
Common Roadside Skipper
Common Roadside Skipper
Common Roadside Skipper
Common Roadside Skipper
Common Roadside Skipper
Common Roadside Skippers
Common Roadside Skippers
Common Roadside Skipper
Common Roadside Skipper