Silver-spotted Skipper (8)
|this is a dorsal view of a Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus). for a side view, pls check the workshop.|
Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) is a butterfly which belongs to the family 'Hesperiidae', a family of skipper butterflies.
the wingspan of an adult is 43–67 mm.
two broods from May-September in most of the East, a single brood to the north and west, three-four broods from February-December in the Deep South.
extreme southern Canada and most of the continental United States except the Great Basin and west Texas; northern Mexico.
adult Silver-spotted Skipper occurs in fields, gardens and at forest edges.
One interesting fact:
females lay single eggs near, not on, the caterpillars' food plants. the caterpillars must find their own way to the plants. young caterpillars fold leaves to make shelters, and older ones stick leaves together with silk.
Another interesting fact:
the Silver-spotted Skipper almost never visits yellow flowers but favors blue, red, pink, purple, and sometimes white and cream-colored ones. these include everlasting pea, common milkweed, red clover, button-bush, blazing star, and thistles.
Butterflies and Moths of North America