silver-spotted skipper

(Epargyreus clarus)

Conservation Status
silver-spotted skipper
Photo by Mike Poeppe
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The pattern of pale spots on the upperside of the forewing is unique. There is a large silver spot in the middle of the hindwing underside that is noticeable in flight.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: 1

Wingspan: 1¾ to 2

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Open areas and woodland borders

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

One brood, mid-May to late September

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

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.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 20, 21, 24, 29, 30, 71.

 
  7/12/2021      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)  
 

Suborder

Glossata  
 

Infraorder

Neolepidoptera  
  Parvorder Heteroneura  
  No Rank Ditrysia  
  No Rank Obtectomera  
 

Superfamily

Papilionoidea (butterflies)  
 

Family

Hesperiidae (skippers)  
 

Subfamily

Eudaminae  
 

Genus

Epargyreus  
       
 

Skippers have traditionally been placed in their own superfamily Hesperioidea because of their morphological similarity. Recent phylogenetic analysis (Kawahara and Breinholt [2014]) suggests that they share the same common ancestor as other butterfly families, and thus belong in the superfamily, Papilionoidea.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

silverspotted skipper

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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
Kim Smith·
 
   
 
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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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  Mike Poeppe
7/11/2021

Location: Houston County, MN

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6/22/2021

Location:Lake Harriet Trial Gardens in Minneapolis

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August 2019

Location: Slinger, Wisconsin

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8/20/2020

Location: Noerenberg Memorial Gardens - Three Rivers Park District, Crystal Bay, Lake Minnetonka MN

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