Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
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.
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.
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 near, not on, the caterpillars' food plants. The caterpillars must find their own way to the plants. Young caterpillars fold leaves to make shelters, and older ones stick leaves together with silk. They overwinter as chrysalids.
The larvae feed on legumes, many trees and shrubs but also some herbaceous plants. Their hosts include:
Adults almost never feed on yellow flowers. Among their favorites are:
- Darby, Gene (1958). What is a Butterfly. Chicago: Benefic Press. p. 27.
- Evans, Arthur V.. "Butterflies and Moths:Order Lepidoptera". Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America. Sterling Publishing. p. 304. ISBN 978-1-4027-4153-1.
- Kaufman, Kenn; Brock, Jim P. Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America. Houghton Mifflin Books. pp. 256–257. ISBN 978-0-618-76826-4.
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