The Brazilian Skipper butterfly is one of the largest closed-wing skippers. The underside of the wings is reddish brown with three or four translucent spots in the post-medial area of the hindwing. The forewing is elongated and pointed with three smaller translucent spots in the submarginal region. The upperside of the wings is dark brown with large translucent spots on both wings.


Brazilian Skipper” by Shawn Taylor, licensed under (CC BY 2.0)


Brazilian Skipper Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Hesperiinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 3/4 – 2 3/8 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Gardens and residential areas


Brazilian Skipper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Various plants in the Canna (Marantaceae) family

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Lantana
    • Thistles