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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June 29, 2015 lisagorn Otsego County, New York, United States January 31, 2016 Details
June 10, 2015 dpgbfly1 Sherburne County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2016 Details
July 02, 2012 Ilse Gebhard Kalamazoo County, Michigan, United States January 19, 2016 Details
September 13, 2013 ncrosbyrd Gilmer County, Georgia, United States December 23, 2015 Details
September 09, 2015 Terry W. Johnson Macon County, Georgia, United States December 15, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Adair County, Oklahoma, United States December 10, 2015 Details
July 26, 2014 Pauline Brock Quebec, Canada December 04, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 Cathy Miller Charleston County, South Carolina, United States November 28, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 curtis.lehman Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States November 26, 2015 Details
June 30, 2015 curtis.lehman Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States November 06, 2015 Details
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August 05, 2015 mbird4998 Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States October 30, 2015 Details
October 09, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 17, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 PDunwiddie Fulton County, Georgia, United States October 15, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 Niayre Cobb County, Georgia, United States October 15, 2015 Details
October 14, 2015 stephen stedman Crockett County, Tennessee, United States October 14, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Fayette County, Tennessee, United States October 13, 2015 Details
September 23, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States October 07, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 Doug Bruce McNairy County, Tennessee, United States October 06, 2015 Details
September 10, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 15, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 n_meadows_jr Alexandria City County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 09, 2015 aarongunnar Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 aarongunnar Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 Philip Helfaer North Carolina, United States September 21, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 misstrendy Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 stephen stedman Houston County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 brainerd Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States September 12, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 underwood.jones Wyandotte County, Kansas, United States September 11, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States September 10, 2015 Details
September 01, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States September 10, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 stephen stedman Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 stephen stedman Perry County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2015 Details
September 02, 2015 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States September 06, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States September 06, 2015 Details
September 05, 2015 WD Greene County, Ohio, United States September 05, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 roseanna Lincoln County, Kentucky, United States September 04, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 theresaawilson Jefferson County, Indiana, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 29, 2015 marjoriemasters Geauga County, Ohio, United States August 30, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 stephen stedman Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 29, 2015 Details
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
July 17, 2015 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States August 24, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 Terry W. Johnson Crisp County, Georgia, United States August 22, 2015 Details