The Skippers - Family Hesperiidae

The Skippers that are found in Ontario are generally on the small side.  We don't have many brightly coloured species - they tend to be gray to orange/brown in colour.  The family name refers to the bouncy, "skipping" pattern of their flight.  Many think of these butterflies as "moth-like", but they are more closely related to true butterflies than they are to moths. 

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Spreadwing Skippers  - Subfamily Pyrginae                                    

Skipperlings - Subfamily Heteropterinae 

Grass Skippers - Subfamily Hesperiinae 

More info on the family can be found on the Butterflies of Canada website.