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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 ¬©

  Clouded Skipper  
Picture of Clouded-Skipper-Butterfly
Picture of Clouded-Skipper-Butterfly Picture of Clouded-Skipper-Butterfly

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.

Picture of the Clouded Skipper
Picture of the Clouded Skipper

Clouded Skipper Information

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

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 32 mm to 45 mm (1.248 inches to 1.755 inches)
Identifying Colors: brown, white
Additional Descriptors: dull, plain, fast, flying

North American Territorial 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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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