Skippers are a family of small butterflies with broad bodies. They get their name from their darting style of flight that somewhat resembles skipping. There are over 3500 species of skippers in the world with about 230 species in North America. North American skippers are divided into three subfamilies, the spread-winged skippers, grass skippers and the skipperlings.
The Leonard's skipper is a member of the grass skipper subfamily, Hesperiinae. They are a butterfly that is usually seen later in the summer, August and September. The reason s because the Leonard's skipper over winters in its early larval stage. When spring comes the tiny caterpillars wakes from its dormant state and has to progress through most of its instars before it can pupate.