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Bug of the Week: Skipper

One great thing about living in Phoenix is that you can still see butterflies in November.

Who is this enjoying nectar from a lantana flower?

Why, it's a skipper!

Don't skippers hold their wings in an interesting way? The forewings are over the back like a butterfly, and hindwings are down like a moth. Maybe that is one reason people think they are butterflies that are closely related to moths.

The larvae often feed on grasses. Many build themselves shelters by tying the leaf blades together with silk, like this one.

Have you ever seen a skipper larva?

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