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Hesperiidae - The Skippers
The Skippers are small, generally dull-coloured butterflies. There are two groups in Nova Scotia: the open-winged skippers, which are dark chocolate brown and fly mainly in the spring, and the grass skippers which are on the wing all summer. One of them, the European Skipper, is a recent arrival in North America and can sometimes be incredibly abundant.
Northern Cloudywing - Wayerton, NB, 2010-06-11
Northern Cloudywing
Thorybes pylades
Photo © Jim Edsall
Northern Cloudywing - Smithville, TX, 2007-07-29
Northern Cloudywing
Thorybes pylades
Photo © Phil Schappert
Dreamy Duskywing - Spryfield, NS, 2011-06-10
Dreamy Duskywing
Erynnis icelus
Photo © Phil Schappert
Juvenal's Duskywing - Spryfield, NS, 2010-05-26
Juvenal's Duskywing
Erynnis juvenalis
Photo © Phil Schappert
Juvenal's Duskywing - Waverley, NS, 2012-05-21
Juvenal's Duskywing
Erynnis juvenalis
Photo © Peter Payzant
Arctic Skipper - Lansdowne, NS, 2011-07-05
Arctic Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon
Photo © Phil Schappert
Arctic Skipper - Mount Uniacke, 2003-06-29
Arctic Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon
Photo © Peter Payzant
Least Skipper - Roaches Pond Park, NS, 2008-07-17
Least Skipper
Ancyloxypha numitor
Photo © Phil Schappert
Least Skipper - McIntosh Run, Spryfield NS, 2012-07-12
Least Skipper
Ancyloxypha numitor
Photo © Phil Schappert
European Skipper - Waverley, 2012-07-09
European Skipper
Thymelicus lineola
Photo © Peter Payzant
Common Branded-Skipper - Coldbrook, NS, 2007-08-24
Common Branded-Skipper
Hesperia comma
Photo © Angus MacLean
Peck's Skipper - McIntosh Run, Spryfield NS, 2011-07-21
Peck's Skipper
Polites peckius
Photo © Phil Schappert
Peck's Skipper - Mount Uniacke, NS, 2012-07-10
Peck's Skipper
Polites peckius
Photo © Phil Schappert
Tawny-edged Skipper - Waverley Rd, Dartmouth, NS, 2001-06-24
Tawny-edged Skipper
Polites themistocles
Photo © Peter Payzant
Long Dash Skipper - Mount Uniacke, NS, 2008-07-05
Long Dash Skipper
Polites mystic
Photo © Phil Schappert
Long Dash Skipper - Wallace Bay NWA, NS, 2012-07-18
Long Dash Skipper
Polites mystic
Photo © Phil Schappert
Hobomok Skipper - Dollar Lake PP, NS, 2011-06-20
Hobomok Skipper
Poanes hobomok
Photo © Phil Schappert
Hobomok Skipper - Roach's Pond, Spryfield NS, 2010-05-26
Hobomok Skipper
Poanes hobomok
Photo © Phil Schappert
Dun Skipper - Mount Uniacke, NS, 2011-07-10
Dun Skipper
Euphyes vestris
Photo © Peter Payzant
Pepper And Salt Skipper - Bedford, NS, 2011-07-01
Pepper And Salt Skipper
Amblyscirtes hegon
Photo © Jim Edsall
Common Roadside-Skipper - Pockwock Watershed Rd, NS, 2011-06-28
Common Roadside-Skipper
Amblyscirtes vialis
Photo © Phil Schappert