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 19, 2016 rdhealy1951@aol.com Hart County, Kentucky, United States August 28, 2016 Details
August 27, 2016 dlkriensky Westchester County, New York, United States August 28, 2016 Details
August 26, 2016 margueritehamilton Ontario, Canada August 28, 2016 Details
August 27, 2016 KristenR White County, Tennessee, United States August 27, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 Mapper Christian County, Illinois, United States August 23, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 snakeowl Franklin County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 19, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 20, 2016 Details
July 13, 2016 dpgbfly1 Isanti County, Minnesota, United States August 19, 2016 Details
August 14, 2016 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States August 18, 2016 Details
August 14, 2016 Lipske De Kalb County, Illinois, United States August 16, 2016 Details
June 02, 2016 Greenesnake Gibson County, Tennessee, United States August 16, 2016 Details
August 02, 2016 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States August 16, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 elegrand Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States August 14, 2016 Details
August 07, 2016 brainerd Greene County, Pennsylvania, United States August 09, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 06, 2016 Details
July 18, 2016 Allikatrose Marion County, Indiana, United States August 05, 2016 Details
August 05, 2016 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 05, 2016 Details
August 03, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2016 Details
August 03, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States August 03, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 Jonathan Clark Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States August 01, 2016 Details
July 31, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 31, 2016 copasetick Connecticut, United States July 31, 2016 Details
August 04, 2014 desider Frederick County, Virginia, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 25, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 29, 2016 digginflowers Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2016 Details
August 21, 2014 gpstewart Charleston County, South Carolina, United States July 29, 2016 Details
July 28, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 Ron Smith Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 22, 2016 Tking2016 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States July 26, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 monikawood Steuben County, New York, United States July 26, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 25, 2016 Details
July 23, 2016 Kzfisherman Kankakee County, Illinois, United States July 25, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 Reslab Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States July 24, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 AnnL Todd County, Minnesota, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 27, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 stephen stedman Moore County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 13, 2016 ncrosbyrd Tulare County, California, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 17, 2016 stephen stedman Macon County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Moore County, Tennessee, United States July 13, 2016 Details
July 07, 2016 mentalblock30 Ontario County, New York, United States July 12, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 stephen stedman Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States July 11, 2016 Details