Epargyreus clarus

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Silver-spotted skipper
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Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Tribe: Eudamini
Genus: Epargyreus
Species: E. clarus
Binomial name
Epargyreus clarus
(Cramer, 1775)
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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.[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.[2]

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

Life cycle[edit]

Wheel bug assassin bug vs. silver-spotted skipper caterpillar

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.[2]

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.[2]

Females lay single eggs on the caterpillars' host plants.Young caterpillars fold leaves to make shelters, and older ones stick leaves together with silk.[2] They overwinter as chrysalids.

Larval foods[edit]

Pinned E. clarus

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

Nectar flowers[edit]

Adults almost never feed on yellow flowers.[2] Among their favorites are:


  1. ^ Kaufman, Kenn; Eaton, Eric R. (2007). Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Houghton Mifflin Books. pp. 236–237. ISBN 978-0-618-15310-7. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Silver-spotted skipper". Butterflies and Moths of North America. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 

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