Who knew? — searching for “small brown butterfly” is just as frustrating as searching for “small brown moth”. This particular small brown butterfly happens to be a three-spotted skipper, Cymaenes tripunctus, a grass skipper in the butterfly family Hesperiidae. It lives all over the Caribbean, and of course Florida because everything lives here.
“Skipper” type butterflies, of which there are more than 3500 recognized species, are named for their quick, darting flight habits. Superficially, they do resemble moths, with their large eyes, but they are diurnal nectar drinkers, like butterflies.