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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April 15, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 15, 2014 Details
July 27, 2013 AngelaCoco Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States April 12, 2014 Details
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September 22, 2013 dlb1117 Forrest County, Mississippi, United States October 29, 2013 Details
July 26, 2010 DRWEPP Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
October 09, 2013 Doug Bruce Haywood County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2013 Details
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October 08, 2013 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States October 09, 2013 Details
October 07, 2013 stephen stedman Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2013 Details
September 14, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 06, 2013 Details
September 22, 2013 Dave Fairall Alleghany County, North Carolina, United States October 05, 2013 Details
August 23, 2013 mcglasson_ma Watauga County, North Carolina, United States October 02, 2013 Details
September 30, 2013 AnnB Tazewell County, Illinois, United States September 30, 2013 Details
July 21, 2013 pieterm Montgomery County, Maryland, United States September 27, 2013 Details
September 22, 2013 treichard Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States September 27, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States September 27, 2013 Details
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August 24, 2013 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States September 25, 2013 Details
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September 04, 2013 mrcnaturally Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States September 19, 2013 Details
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August 14, 2013 Jonathan Williams Overton County, Tennessee, United States September 18, 2013 Details
July 22, 2013 glphoto Carlton County, Minnesota, United States September 17, 2013 Details
July 21, 2005 giardini57 Elbert County, Georgia, United States September 17, 2013 Details
July 27, 2013 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States September 17, 2013 Details
August 12, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 15, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States September 15, 2013 Details
May 29, 2010 mrcnaturally Rockland County, New York, United States September 14, 2013 Details
July 11, 2013 AngelaCoco Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States September 14, 2013 Details
September 02, 2013 Doug Bruce Morgan County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2013 Details
July 22, 2011 PopPopA Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States September 13, 2013 Details
September 04, 2013 Mary Franceline Malone Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States September 13, 2013 Details
August 22, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States September 13, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 scfl47 Indian River County, Florida, United States September 10, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 Nancee Cobb Calhoun County, Florida, United States September 10, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 Doug Bruce Macon County, Tennessee, United States September 10, 2013 Details
September 08, 2013 cefredricks Hardee County, Florida, United States September 10, 2013 Details
September 08, 2013 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States September 10, 2013 Details
September 02, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 08, 2013 Details