|Little Glassywing Skipper Butterfly - Pompeius verna|
Family: Hesperiidae - Skippers / Subfamily: Hesperiinae - Grass skippers
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Live adult female skipper butterfly photographed with common bull thistle, Cirsium vulgare
Family Hesperiidae: Skipper Butterflies comprise nearly 3,000 species worldwide, 250 of which call North America home. Roughly one third of North American butterflies belong to this family. Skippers are named for their rapid, erratic flight. Skippers differ from the true butterflies in their proportionately larger bodies, smaller wings, and hooked antennae, among many other structural differences.
|All adult true skippers have six well developed legs. Their eggs are tiny, usually less than .1mm. Most skipper caterpillars are green and tapered, and the neck appears constricted. The caterpillars weave silk and leaves into a daytime shelter for protection. Most pupate in loosely woven cocoons. The chrysalises are often coated with a powder or bloom. Chrysalis and caterpillars may overwinter.|
Skipper butterflies can be divided into five subfamilies:
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