Skipper Butterfly, San Diego, California, USA by Cindy Croissant

Skippers are considered butterflies but have traits of both the moth and butterfly. Like moths, skipper bodies are a bit on the bulky side when compared to the slender butterfly. Skippers are in the family Hesperiidae, with over 3000 skipper species throughout the world, but it’s the Fiery skipper that is most often spotted skipping through the air of California landscapes.

The delightful Fiery skipper enjoys California’s warm weather as she flits from flower to flower, over manicured lawns, trees, and shrubs. I found this sweet little skipper flying from leaf to leaf of the Bird of Paradise in my backyard. I quickly grabbed my camera and macro lens and started shooting. She stayed for quite a while before deciding to visit the flowers in someone else’s yard.

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