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 25, 2015 pavelmelnichuk Monroe County, New York, United States August 26, 2015 Details
May 16, 2015 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 24, 2015 Jyackabonis Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States August 25, 2015 Details
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July 19, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
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August 13, 2014 MarkNenadov Ontario, Canada August 14, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 Happyhealy Hart County, Kentucky, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Doug Bruce Lawrence County, Tennessee, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 11, 2015 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 12, 2015 Details
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August 10, 2015 stephen stedman Fentress County, Tennessee, United States August 10, 2015 Details
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July 02, 2015 Sepp Meier Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States August 07, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Johnnydogmatic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 South Laurel Laurel County, Kentucky, United States August 07, 2015 Details
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May 30, 2015 Carolyn Seaton Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States August 06, 2015 Details
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July 27, 2015 Teresa Jacobs Carter County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2015 Details
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July 25, 2015 Niayre DeKalb County, Georgia, United States August 01, 2015 Details
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July 18, 2015 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States July 27, 2015 Details
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July 27, 2015 ButterBelle Blount County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 Melinda Fawver Maury County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
February 07, 2015 Ron Smith Pinellas County, Florida, United States July 26, 2015 Details
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