Skippers are butterflies with a slightly different look. Skippers go through metamorphosis like butterflies and moths. They have some similar characteristics of each as well, they fly by day and have antennae like other butterflies while they have thicker bodies like a moth and stronger wing muscles. Their colors are usually duller than traditional butterflies.
Fiery Skippers are mostly orange with dark spots, the females have more markings than the males. The caterpillars are tan with three dark stripes. They host on grasses, especially Bermuda grass. They are found around lawns and grassy lowlands. I found this one at Bubbling Ponds Preserve in the Verde Valley in Arizona.
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I am just beginning to learn about butterflies and moths. Skippers are charming!
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That’s cool you are learning about them!