Sunday, September 26, 2010
Taxonomists do not consider skippers to be “true” butterflies because they differ in so many ways. For example, skippers look a little like moths with their stocky, feathery bodies and big, cute eyes. The tip of a skipper’s antennae has a curved, pointy club. To me it looks like a sickle or a pointed hockey stick. True butterflies’ antennae do not curve back. As this Duskywing demonstrates, skippers are usually cloaked in subdued shades of charcoal, chocolate, amber, copper, or bronze. Larval host plants for the Funereal Duskywing include alfalfa, indigo, vetch, and rattlebush. Remember, if you want butterflies, you have to provide food for the babies and nectar for the adults.