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Silver-spotted Skipper

Epargyreus clarus

Description:

Wings are brown-black; hindwing is lobed. Forewing has transparent gold spots; underside of hindwing has a metallic silver band. Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 5/8 inches (4.5 - 6.7 cm).

Habitat:

Range: Extreme southern Canada and most of the continental United States except the Great Basin and west Texas; northern Mexico. Disturbed and open woods, foothill streamcourses, prairie waterways. This one was feeding on Southern Dewberry at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center near Jackson (Aiken County), SC.

Notes:

Flight: 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. Caterpillar Hosts: Many woody legumes including black locust (Robinia pseudacacia), honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) and false indigo (Amorpha species). Also selected herbaceous legumes such s Glycyrrhiza species. Adult Food: 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, buttonbush, blazing star, and thistles.

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1 Comment

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Nice!

KenCheeks
Spotted by
KenCheeks

South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Mar 30, 2013
Submitted on Mar 31, 2013

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