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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May 24, 2015 stephen stedman Carter County, Tennessee, United States May 24, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States May 16, 2015 Details
May 16, 2015 itsbanjotime Burlington County, New Jersey, United States May 16, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 CA Ivy McDonald County, Missouri, United States May 14, 2015 Details
May 12, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 14, 2015 Details
May 10, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States May 10, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 benphalan Deschutes County, Oregon, United States May 10, 2015 Details
April 28, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
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May 02, 2015 Mapper Pope County, Illinois, United States May 04, 2015 Details
May 04, 2015 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States May 04, 2015 Details
April 26, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 27, 2015 Details
April 20, 2015 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States April 21, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 arcturusangel Harrison County, Texas, United States April 19, 2015 Details
March 30, 2015 Ken Bosso East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States March 31, 2015 Details
March 08, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 11, 2015 Details
September 09, 2007 Indy Entomologist Boone County, Indiana, United States February 21, 2015 Details
August 17, 2014 rjcohrs Hancock County, Indiana, United States February 18, 2015 Details
July 25, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States February 17, 2015 Details
July 17, 2014 dpgbfly1 Kanabec County, Minnesota, United States February 10, 2015 Details
August 22, 2014 Ken Bosso East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States January 09, 2015 Details
July 30, 2014 sreinbrecht Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States January 08, 2015 Details
October 04, 2013 strixv Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States January 07, 2015 Details
June 30, 2014 Josiah Gilbert Monterey County, California, United States December 30, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 tjrickert Fayette County, West Virginia, United States December 12, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 J_Martineau Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States December 02, 2014 Details
May 03, 2014 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States December 01, 2014 Details
September 10, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
September 16, 2014 lilkriskattn Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States November 19, 2014 Details
July 09, 2014 TheWayfarer21 Onslow County, North Carolina, United States September 26, 2014 Details
August 01, 2014 NJskywatcher Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States September 24, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 TyAdams28 Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States September 24, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 wheelchair.rusty Gaston County, North Carolina, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 18, 2014 stephen stedman DeKalb County, Tennessee, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 17, 2014 Michael Melchiore Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 16, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 digginflowers Page County, Virginia, United States September 14, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States September 11, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 MarkScottsmltd Fannin County, Georgia, United States September 11, 2014 Details
September 08, 2014 gmoneycashmoney Suffolk County, New York, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 stephen stedman Gibson County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2014 Details
July 11, 2014 b.cn.u Ontario, Canada September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 stephen stedman Crockett County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 Doug Bruce Benton County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 stephen stedman Obion County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 Doug Bruce Lake County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 07, 2014 Details
August 18, 2014 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States September 04, 2014 Details
August 27, 2014 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 31, 2014 Details
August 22, 2014 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 30, 2014 Details