This ubiquitous skipper can be found in a diverse variety of habitats. It is very common everywhere in eastern North America, but is 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 raised up, a large white-silver patch can easily be seen on the lower hindwings. If its wings are open flat, a yellow band running parallel to the body can be seen on the top of both forewings. 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. They are yellow and green striped with maroon heads and red eyes. Adults can be seen in daytime, taking in the morning sun.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Silver-spotted Skipper may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Silver-spotted Skipper. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.