silver-spotted skipper

(Epargyreus clarus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

silver-spotted skipper

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

 

Flight/Season

One brood, mid-May to late September

Habitat

Open areas and woodland borders

Size

Total Length: 1

Wingspan: 1¾ to 2

 

Identification

There is a large silver spot in the middle of the hindwing underside that is noticeable in flight.

 
Similar
Species

 


Larval Food

Black locust, honey locust, leadplant, desert false indigo, dwarf false indigo, wild licorice, and other legumes.

 
Adult Food

Nectar of blue, red, pink, purple, and sometimes white and cream-colored flowers, but not yellow flowers.

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 20, 21, 29, 71.

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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Hesperioidea (skippers)

 

Family:

Hesperiidae (skippers)

 

Subfamily:

Eudaminae

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

silverspotted skipper

silver-spotted skipper


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
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  Epargyreus clarus (Silver-spotted Skipper)
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  Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) nectaring on Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)
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Published on Aug 25, 2013

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) nectaring on Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata), Transylvania County, NC. Shot 8/23/13

Music: "Flutter by Butterfly" by Josh Woodward (http://www.joshwoodward.com/). Seemed appropriate!

 
     
  Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) nectaring on New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)
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Published on Aug 25, 2013

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) nectaring on New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis). Transylvania County, NC. Shot 8/23/13. Music: Flutter by butterfly" @ Joshwoodward.com

 
     
  Silver-spotted Skipper
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Published on Jul 23, 2013

Although there appear to be far fewer Lepidoptera on the wing this year, as compared to last year's extraordinary numbers, one frequent garden visitor to gardens this summer is the Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus). Like butterflies and moths, skippers are members of the Order Lepidoptera and, like all Lepidoptera, they are distinguished from other insects by their scaled wings.

Skippers are characterized by, and named by, a darting (skipping) flight pattern. Skippers are also easy to identify from butterflies and moths by their antennae clubs that are hooked backward, like to a crochet hook.

The Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillars feed on members of the legume family, including Black Locust, Honey Locust, Hog Peanut, ticktrefoils (Desmodium) and False Indigo (Amorpha fruticosa).

Notice the white sploges on the skipper's under wing. The sploges resemble bird poop and are thought to be an evolutionary defense against predatory birds.

 
     
  The Butterfly Game - how to handle wild butterflies
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Uploaded on Oct 18, 2010

Handling wild Silver-Spotted Skippers (Epargyreus clarus). Footage of technique and them playing games, landing on my head, etc.

How to handle bumble bees:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GmlT6OIJAU

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