How to Draw a Leonard’s Skipper

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Leonards Skipper in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Leonards Skipper.

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How to Draw a Leonards Skipper - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: The Leonard’s Skipper is a type of butterfly that can be found in the Northern and Midwestern US and Southwestern Canada. They like to drink nectar from many plants, and play an important part in helping spread pollen to other plants. To draw a Leonard’s Skipper, start with the body. Make a long oval shape that is wider at the top and narrow at the bottom, and ends in a slight point.

Step 2: Add the head and two small circles for his eyes. Then draw his antennae. The butterfly uses these to sense things around him.

Step 3: Draw some stripes on the butterfly’s back at the top and the bottom.

Step 4: To draw the wings, make rounded triangle shapes with the narrow parts attaching to the body on the left side.

Step 5: Add two identical wings on the other side of the butterfly.

Step 6: Add some small circles for spots on the butterfly’s wings, and some line to create some borders on the wings.

Step 7: Butterfly wings are identical on both sides, so draw the same pattern on the right side to match the left to finish your butterfly. Leonard’s Skippers are a brownish red color with whitish spots. The stripe on the outside of their wings is whitish as well.

Interesting Facts about the Leonard’s Skipper

Leonard’s Skipper is a type of butterfly! There are three different subspecies of this butterfly that can all be found through different states in the United States of America. The topside of the wings are a brownish red color and have noticeable yellow spots near the outer edges of the wings. On the bottom of the butterfly you will find the same reddish brown color but the spots are a cream color rather than yellow.

Did you know?

  • The wingspan of these butterflies can get to be anywhere from 32 to 45mm
  • These butterflies also are sometimes called the Pawnee Montane Skipper
  • If you live in one of the lucky states where you can find these little guys, you will see them flying around between the months of mid-August to mid- October
  • One of the most common states where you can find the Leonard’s Skipper is in Colorado, particularly around the South Platte River drainage
  • The favorite places that these butterflies like to call home are dry and open areas, or in pine woodlands where the plants don’t grow too high
  • The Leonard’s Skipper’s favorite plant to get nectar from is the prairie blazing star

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