Hoary Edge Skipper (Achalarus lyciades)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Hoary Edge Skipper.
Updated: 7/12/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The big, dark Hoary Edge Skipper is alone in having a smidgen of light color on its wings.
This small butterfly can be found at the edges of forests or clearings from spring to autumn. "Hoary" means grayish-white and that coloration can be found on the bottom edge of the hindwings of the Hoary-Edge Skipper (see photo). No other eastern North American skipper has such a colored spot. Its forewings are brown with orange patches on them, which are only visible when the wings are spread open and that isn't very often. This butterfly prefers to sit with its wings closed (up) or maybe partly closed; rarely are they opened flat when resting.
The caterpillar larvae of this skipper feed on tick trefoils, a type of wildflower from the bean family. One or two generations are born every year.