Family Hesperiidae, The Skippers
A very large and confounding group of animals, the skippers sometimes prove to be a challenge to identify, even for experts. The skippers differ from other butterflies in having the club of the antenna bent, stout bodies, small wings compared to body size and are very fast flyers. I call them wind-up toys on speed.
Subfamily Hesperiinae, Grass Skippers
This group contains mostly small brownish orange butterflies many with white spots. Many males in this group have a scent patch, called a stigma, on the upperside of the forewing. These butterflies commonly adopt a unique pose where the forewings are opened at less of an angle than the hindwings. I call this “airplaning” since they give the appearance of a jet fighter plane.