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Silver Spotted Skipper
Epargyreus clarus
Type: Insect

Effect: Neutral

Hesperiidae Family
Epargyreus Genus

Location / Where this Creature is found:

Native to North America. It ranges from southern Canada throughout most of the United States to northern Mexico; it is absent in the Great Basin and western Texas.


The wing spread is 1.75 to 2.40 inches (Daniels 2003). The upper-side of the wings is brown with a median row of yellowish-gold spots on the forewing that is also visible from beneath. The wing fringe is dashed with white. The under-side of the wings is brown with a large median irregular-shaped white patch on each wing and a short rounded tail. The Butterflies of America web site (Warren et al. 2007) has excellent photographs of pinned male and female adults.

The caterpillar's head is large and brown with two orange dots mimicking eyes. It has a long, narrow, green body.

General information about Silver Spotted Skipper :

The larvae feed on legumes, many trees and shrubs but also some herbaceous plants. Their hosts include: Gleditsia, Wisteria, Robinia pseudoacacia, Amorpha, Glycyrrhiza

Adults almost never feed on yellow flowers. Among their favorites are: Lathyrus latifolius, Asclepias syriaca, Trifolium pratense, Cephalanthus Liatris, Thistle

At night, or when the daytime weather prohibits flight, silver-spotted skippers hang upside down under leaves. Caterpillars build themselves tiny shelters using carefully cut pieces of leaves. As they grow, they abandon their old homes and build larger ones by joining leaves with silk.

Silver Spotted Skipper
On purple Butterflybush

Silver Spotted Skipper
On Butterflybush

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