Skippers are a family, Hesperiidae, of the Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies). They are named for their quick, darting flight habits.

Most have the antenna tip modified into a narrow hook like projection. Skipper butterflies have the antennae clubs hooked backward like a crochet needle, whilst other butterflies have club-like tips to their antennae.

More than 3500 species of skippers are recognized, and they occur worldwide, but with the greatest diversity in the Neotropical regions of Central and South America.

Although Skipper butterflies share certain characteristics with other butterflies, particularly in egg, larval and pupae stages, they differ in several important ways.

Skipper butterflies also have stockier bodies than those in the families Papilionoidea and Hedyloidea, with stronger wing muscles.

There are about 3400 species of Skippers. They are usually classified in the following subfamilies:
• Awls and Policemen (Subfamily Coeliadinae, about 75 species)
• Grass Skippers (Subfamily Hesperiinae, over 2000 species)
• Skipperlings (Subfamily Heteropterinae, about 150 species)
• Giant Skippers (Subfamily Megathyminae, about 100 species)
• Spread-winged Skippers (Subfamily Pyrginae, about 1000 species)
• Firetips (Subfamily Pyrrhopyginae, about 150 species)
• Australian Skippers (Subfamily Trapezitinae, about 60 species)

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