Skippers at Sunset

Overlooked but not unloved

Bronwen Scott
3 min readMar 12, 2023

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Skipper butterfly posed on a lillypilly leaf, Atherton Tablelands, FNQ. © Bronwen Scott.

They skip through the air in a stop/start, rise/fall, quick/slow, tango/rumba/salsa type of flight. Their motion gives them the common name of Skippers. Oh, to be sure, some are called Darts and Darters and Swifts for their no nonsense A-to-B flying. But most have this fluttery way.

More than 3,500 species of Skippers are found across the world. They are…

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Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com