Skipper Butterflies comprise nearly 3,000 species worldwide, 250 of which call North America home. Skippers are named for their rapid, erratic flight. Skippers differ from the true butterflies in their proportionately larger bodies, smaller wings, and hooked antennae, among many other structural differences. Skippers can be the most difficult butterfly species to identify; their markings are maddeningly similar. This little guy (maybe a clouded skipper?) was so engrossed in drinking from this milkweed, that he didn’t even notice me. I captured this little beauty along the shore of Lake Telelmark in Rockaway, NJ with my Nikon D3100 and the Nikon 85mm macro lens.
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