Skippered

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Often the dull-colored skipper butterflies are dismissed in the forest as either ‘not interesting’, or, worse, as moths. And while they aren’t the most colorful members of Lepidoptera in MacRitchie, nevertheless they still deserve their moment in the (literal) sunshine. (Admittedly, amongst some species in the genus only microscopic analysis differentiates them.) They’re a diverse bunch, covering 3500 species, though mainly concentrated in the Neotropics. Their darting flight distinguishes them, as does their small size.

So take a moment and examine the critter skipping from leaf to leaf. Who knows, it might surprise you.

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