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 03, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States November 28, 2016 Details
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July 19, 2013 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
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September 04, 2016 cosmic_cat Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States October 11, 2016 Details
September 05, 2016 JimPurvis Tipton County, Indiana, United States October 05, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States October 02, 2016 Details
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September 06, 2016 totonka Davidson County, Tennessee, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 23, 2016 Jeff Trahan Hempstead County, Arkansas, United States September 26, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details
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August 13, 2016 ben82288 Kent County, Michigan, United States September 21, 2016 Details
September 04, 2015 crprice Ripley County, Missouri, United States September 16, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 SuperTiger Clarke County, Georgia, United States September 13, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States September 13, 2016 Details
September 13, 2016 curtis.lehman Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, United States September 13, 2016 Details
September 01, 2016 monikawood Tioga County, Pennsylvania, United States September 12, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Obion County, Tennessee, United States September 12, 2016 Details
August 20, 2016 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
August 28, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
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July 27, 2016 4wildlife Hancock County, Maine, United States September 11, 2016 Details
July 28, 2016 dendroica5 Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States September 10, 2016 Details
September 06, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States September 08, 2016 Details
September 05, 2016 Anne Wills Cabell County, West Virginia, United States September 06, 2016 Details
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August 30, 2016 AJ Trently Hardin County, Tennessee, United States September 02, 2016 Details
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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
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August 19, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 20, 2016 Details