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Epargyreus clarus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Tribe  Eudamini
Scientific name  Epargyreus clarus
Phylum  Arthropoda
Rank  Species
Family  Hesperiidae
Genus  Epargyreus
Order  Butterflies and moths
Higher classification  Epargyreus
Epargyreus clarus Butterflies of North America Epargyreus clarus
Similar  Epargyreus, Pearl crescent, Eastern tailed‑blue, Duskywing, Gray hairstreak

Silver spotted skipper epargyreus clarus


Epargyreus clarus, the silver-spotted skipper, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. It is claimed to be the most recognized skipper in North America.

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Silver spotted skipper epargyreus clarus


Description

The wingspan of an adult is 43–67 mm. The adult has translucent gold spots on the forewings and silvery bands on the hindwings.

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

Life cycle

Epargyreus clarus FileSilverspotted Skipper Epargyreus clarus Milkweedjpg

The adult silver-spotted skipper occurs in fields, gardens, and at forest edges. It ranges from southern Canada throughout most of the United States to northern Mexico; it is absent in the Great Basin and western Texas.

Epargyreus clarus Epargyreus clarus Wikipedia

Adults fly throughout the warm part of the year. They have one brood per year in the North and West, two in the East, and three or four in the Deep South.

Females lay single eggs on the caterpillars' host plants.Young caterpillars fold leaves to make shelters, and older ones stick leaves together with silk. They overwinter as chrysalids.

Larval foods

The larvae feed on legumes, many trees, and shrubs but also some herbaceous plants. Their hosts include:

Nectar flowers

Adults almost never feed on yellow flowers. Among their favorites are:

  • Lathyrus latifolius
  • Asclepias syriaca
  • Trifolium pratense
  • Cephalanthus
  • Liatris
  • Thistle
  • References

    Epargyreus clarus Wikipedia


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