Attributes of Epargyreus clarus

Silver-spotted Skipper
Epargyreus clarus (Cramer, 1775)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Wings are brown-black; hindwing is lobed. Forewing has transparent gold spots; underside of hindwing has a metallic silver band.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 5/8 inches (4.5 - 6.7 cm).
Life History: Adults perch upside down under leaves at night and on hot or cloudy days. To seek females males perch on branches and tall weeds, and occasionally patrol. Females lay single eggs near the host trees, and the caterpillars must find their proper host. Young caterpillars live in a folded leaf shelter; older ones live in a nest of silked-together leaves. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: Two broods from May-September in most of the East, a single brood to the north and west, three-four broods from February-December in the Deep South.
Caterpillar Hosts: Many woody legumes including black locust (Robinia pseudacacia), honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) and false indigo (Amorpha species). Also selected herbaceous legumes such s Glycyrrhiza species.
Adult Food: The Silver-spotted Skipper almost never visits yellow flowers but favors blue, red, pink, purple, and sometimes white and cream-colored ones. These include everlasting pea, common milkweed, red clover, buttonbush, blazing star, and thistles.
Habitat: Disturbed and open woods, foothill streamcourses, prairie waterways.
Range: Extreme southern Canada and most of the continental United States except the Great Basin and west Texas; northern Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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August 18, 2014 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States August 21, 2014 Details
August 19, 2014 polson123 Pender County, North Carolina, United States August 21, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 16, 2014 Details
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August 16, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 16, 2014 Details
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August 13, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States August 13, 2014 Details
August 12, 2014 Beverly Carter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States August 12, 2014 Details
August 10, 2014 jennifereh Grundy County, Illinois, United States August 12, 2014 Details
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August 09, 2014 Marcye Suffolk County, New York, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 osprey1984 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 09, 2014 Details
August 07, 2014 maria.hoffman6@gmail.com Suffolk County, New York, United States August 08, 2014 Details
August 05, 2014 mhudson26 Pottawatomie County, Kansas, United States August 06, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 Beverly Carter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States August 06, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 KristyBaker DeKalb County, Tennessee, United States August 06, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 peggyt67 Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 nmccarthy Pike County, Pennsylvania, United States August 04, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 arcturusangel Harrison County, Texas, United States August 04, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 stephen stedman Benton County, Tennessee, United States August 03, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 stephen stedman McNairy County, Tennessee, United States August 03, 2014 Details
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August 03, 2014 Doug Bruce Moore County, Tennessee, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 02, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 rogerashton New Castle County, Delaware, United States August 02, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 iinv003 Union County, North Carolina, United States August 01, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 rdcpics Pennsylvania, United States August 01, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 Elaine Link Macoupin County, Illinois, United States August 01, 2014 Details
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June 29, 2014 snakeowl Fulton County, Georgia, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 31, 2014 Details
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July 28, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 29, 2014 Details
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July 26, 2014 Dave Fairall Wilkes County, North Carolina, United States July 27, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States July 27, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 JohnF Penobscot County, Maine, United States July 26, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 caitlynk Kansas, United States July 25, 2014 Details
July 26, 2013 xraygirlld Morgan County, Alabama, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 20, 2014 Details
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