Thursday, June 26, 2008

Duskywing Skippers

Besides butterflies we also saw a couple different types of skippers at Crex Meadows on June 1st.
Skippers are similar to butterflies, both are members of the order Lepidoptera, but they typically have shorter wings and a thicker, hairy body.
The skippers that we found that day were the dreamy duskywing, pictured first, and the persius duskywing, pictures above. Both of these types of skippers are spread-wing skippers, because when they land they usually spread their wings out similarly to many butterflies. Other skippers hold their wings partially open with the upper and lower wings at different angles.

1 comment:

Shelley said...

The 1st skipper's wings look like a fan spread out - nice!