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Silver-spotted Skipper Butterfly

Epargyreus clarus


This moth was brown winged with yellow and white stripe. Corrected: Butterfly


Today, my backyard Lantanna was host to about 7 different moths and one butterfly in the span of about 15 minutes.


"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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silver spotted skipper
Epargyreus clarus

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HeatherMiller 9 years ago

Thanks Garon. I know I saw a bunch of butterflies today. The Lantana must be putting out a lot of attracting colors and smells for the bugs. They were everywhere today. The light breeze in the morning kept the 100 temps away until late afternoon today.

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

Oh very cool! Thanks Amber and Ashish.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Hehe...Amber also...confirmed..!!

AmberLundeen 9 years ago

Here's a link - it wouldn't let me add it to the ID Suggestion for some reason

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Silver spotted skipper butterfly..!!

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

Difference between Butterflies and Moths: (from Wiki)
1. The most obvious difference is in the feelers, or antennae. Most butterflies have thin slender filamentous antennae which are club-shaped at the end. Moths, on the other hand, often have comb-like or feathery antennae, or filamentous and unclubbed.[2] This distinction is the basis for the earliest taxonomic divisions in the Lepidoptera: the Rhopalocera ("clubbed horn", the butterflies) and the Heterocera ("varied horn", the moths).

2. Moths usually rest with their wings spread out to their sides. Butterflies frequently fold their wings above their backs when they are perched although they will occasionally "bask" with their wings spread for short periods. However, some butterflies, like the skippers, may hold their wings either flat, or folded, or even in-between (the so-called "jet plane" position) when perched.

3. There are other differences, of course. Read the Wiki page for more.

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Decatur, Georgia, USA

Spotted on Aug 10, 2011
Submitted on Aug 10, 2011

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