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 when they are raised up. No other eastern North American skipper has this colored area, making it tremendously useful for identification purposes. The top of the forewing is brown with orange patches on it, and this side of the wing is rarely visible since the Hoary Edge Skipper usually keeps its wings lifted up.
The caterpillars for this skipper feed on tickseed or tick trefoils, a type of wildflower from the bean family. One or two generations are born every year. Look for adults and larvae in lightly-wooded areas as well as sandy areas with vegetation.
Scientific Name: Achalarus lyciades
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 25mm to 40mm (0.98in to 1.56in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.