Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Clouded Skipper, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 2/15/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
A common sight in the southern region of the continent, the unassuming Clouded Skipper is a small butterfly that is often overlooked.
Hues of purple and green may overlay the otherwise brown Clouded Skipper. The small, flighty butterfly visits flowers in rapid succession for their nectar. When it rests on a flower or branch, it raises the forewings and lowers the hindwings. When males are stopped in this multi-dimensional position, one can see a triplet of small white dots resting 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 all sorts of flowers. Their caterpillars likely eat blades of weedy grass.