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  • Clouded Skipper - (Lerema accius)

    Clouded Skipper - (Lerema accius)

    A common sight in the southern region of the continent, the unassuming Clouded Skipper is a small butterfly that is often overlooked.

    Staff Writer (9/6/2017): Hues of purple and green may overlay the otherwise brown Clouded Skipper. It rests on flowers and branches with wings its forewings upright and its hindwings flat. In this multi-dimensional position, males sport a triplet of small white dots rests in the upper edge of the dorsal side (top) of the forewing. Two separate white dots are closer to the head. Females have white spots in the same areas, but they are larger and less defined.

    This species of butterfly enjoys areas near water sources as well as drier woodlands and meadows. Adults drink nectar from flowers; caterpillars likely eat blades of weedy grass.

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    Clouded Skipper

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Clouded Skipper
    Scientific Name: Lerema accius

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Hesperiidae
           Genus: Lerema
            Species: accius

    Size (Adult, Length): 32mm to 45mm (1.26in to 1.77in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, white

    Additional Descriptors: dull, plain, fast, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; Missouri; North Carolina;Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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