Hesperiidae

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Parnara guttata (click on image to enlarge it)
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Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Dickköpfe
• English: skippers
• Français: hespéridés

Hesperiidae - (skippers)

This is a large and widely distributed family of butterflies. They can be recognized by their erratic darting flight and their wide heads. The antennae gradually thicken to a terminal club, often equipped with a hook-like structure. The caterpillars are spindle-shaped, the large head is attached to a narrow neck. A few species are regarded as agricultural pests like Parnara guttata which breeds on rice in Asia.


The following species are currently entered in the system: