The Arctic Skipper is a butterfly from the Hesperiidae family.
It is sometimes confused with the Large Chequered Skipper but is different.
The Arctic Skipper is around 31 millimeters long and the top of the Arctic Skipper is dark brown and has orange at the ends of the wings with spots that are golden.
Underneath the Arctic Skipper is a similar coloring but the front wings are orange and have dark spots instead of gold spots and the back wings have cream colored spots that are outlined with black.
The female Arctic Skipper looks like the male, but she is larger than the male.
The Arctic Skipper can be found in Britain, England, Canada, California and even Alaska.
This butterfly likes to live in areas where there are woods and mostly in woodlands that are moisty and damp, but they can also be found close to streams, bogs and in areas that are grasslands.
Some of the Arctic Skippers have even been found in the forest.
Even though it is called the Arctic Skipper, it does not live in the Arctic areas.
The Arctic Skipper male will defend its territories from other butterflies or insects that fly by.
The male will set up its home close to areas where there are nectar flowers and they are careful that other males are not in the area when they settle in.
The Arctic Skipper males usually try to make their homes away from each other, so they do not have to share the female butterflies.
The male Arctic Skipper will find its female when it is flying by and that is how they choose the female.
One interesting thing about the Arctic Skipper is that when it flies it does a type of hopping motion. This allows the Arctic Skipper to be safe and to be close to the flowers.
The Arctic Skipper, as a caterpillar, will eat from leaves of plants that are growing in the area that they live. The plant is important for the caterpillar to give it enough nutrients to grow.
As an adult, the Arctic Skipper will fly as far as it needs to get energy from flowers that have nectar. Some of the plants that they like are the Jacob’s Ladder and the Wild Iris.
The Arctic Skipper does not really have any known enemies, but the biggest enemy is people.
People cut down the woodlands and it causes the trees to not regrow right and causes them to decrease in number.
When they butterfly do not have a place to live, they will die and not be able to survive their area.
Different conservations have been set up because there are becoming less and less of the Arctic Skipper.
Sometimes this happens because the flowers and trees are cut down and the Arctic Skipper does not have enough food to eat.
In Scotland, the Arctic Skipper is protected because there are so few of them left.