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  • Silver-Spotted Skipper - (Epargyreis clarus)

    Silver-Spotted Skipper - (Epargyreis clarus)

    Silver-Spotted Skippers are fast little butterflies that can be found warming itself with open wings at sunrise.

    Staff Writer (8/25/2017): This ubiquitous skipper can be found in a diverse variety of habitats. They are very common everywhere in eastern North America, but are more likely to be seen in the mountainous regions on the west side of the continent.

    The Silver-Spotted Skipper is mostly a mottled brown color, but when its wings are closed (up), a large white-silver patch can easily be seen on the lower hindwings. If their wings are open (flat), a yellow band running parallel to the body can be seen on both forewings. As a Skipper, this butterfly's antennae are slightly bent or curved at the tips, not completely stiff and straight.

    The larvae are known to feed on wisteria plants, locust trees and legumes like soybeans and peas. Adults can be seen in daytime, taking in the morning sun.

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    Silver-Spotted Skipper

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Silver-Spotted Skipper
    Scientific Name: Epargyreis clarus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Hesperiidae
           Genus: Epargyreis
            Species: clarus

    Size (Adult, Length): 43mm to 67mm (1.69in to 2.64in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; white; black; yellow; orange

    Additional Descriptors: flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * 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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