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  • Hoary Edge Skipper - (Achalarus lyciades)

    Hoary Edge Skipper - (Achalarus lyciades)

    The big, dark Hoary Edge Skipper is alone in having a smidgen of light color on its wings.

    Staff Writer (7/12/2016): 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.

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    Hoary Edge Skipper

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Hoary Edge Skipper
    Scientific Name: Achalarus lyciades

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hemiptera
          Family: Hesperiidae
           Genus: Achalarus
            Species: lyciades

    Size (Adult, Length): 25mm to 40mm (0.98in to 1.57in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, orange, white, gray, black, tan

    Additional Descriptors: dark, mottled, small, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama;Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas;Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia

    * 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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