Thursday, December 16, 2010


We see a lot of skippers around here but most of them are either grey or brown. Skipper butterflies are named so because of their quick, darting flight habits. They belong to the family Hesperiidae. Skippers are found all across the world and there are about 3500 different kinds.

This one was on a potato plant in my sister's garden. Checking my favourite bug website (, I found out that it's called the Fulvous pied flat. I love that mix of brown, cream, and mustard on its wings. And I rarely get to photograph them with the wings spread out like that. What a treat it was to be able to get a shot like this!:)
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Anonymous said...

What a wonderful photo with all the colors visible!

Ginny said...

This is an especially beautiful one!! I only see the brown ones. If I saw a pretty colored one, I would not recognize it as a skipper! That is a rare shot, it's very hard to find them with wings spread!! And they dart about so quickly!

Randy Emmitt said...


Very cool Flat! Such beautiful colors too. In southern Texas they get a plainer looking flat once in a while moving up from Mexico. Usually found hanging onto the eaves of state park bathrooms, attracted to lights like a moth.

Cyren said...

Oh wow! What a beautiful butterfly! I've only ever seen brown once with cream spots on their wings. Never like this.