Grass skippers

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Grass skippers
Pelopidas sp.jpg
Pelopidas sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Hesperioidea
Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Latreille, 1809
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Grass skippers or banded skippers[1] are butterflies of the subfamily Hesperiinae, part of the skipper family, Hesperiidae.

With over 2,000 described species, this is the largest skipper butterfly subfamily.

Hesperiinae larvae feed on grasses and sedges. Adults typically visit flowers and hold their wings together while feeding.[1] They hold their wings partially open while resting, with the forewings and hindwings held at different angles. They are usually orange, rust, or brown in colour and have pointed forewings.[1] Many species have dark markings or black stigmas on their forewings.[1]

Genera incertae sedis[edit]

These grass skipper genera have not yet been assigned to tribes:


  1. ^ a b c d Daniels, Jaret C. (2003). Butterflies of the Carolinas. Cambridge, MN: Adventure Publications, Inc. p. 9. ISBN 1-59193-007-3. 

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