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 28, 2016 jvincemery Loudoun County, Virginia, United States May 29, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 Doug Bruce Blount County, Tennessee, United States May 21, 2016 Details
May 12, 2016 M Kuhlman Dorchester County, South Carolina, United States May 16, 2016 Details
May 13, 2016 CA Ivy Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States May 14, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 Doug Bruce Campbell County, Tennessee, United States May 10, 2016 Details
April 26, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States April 28, 2016 Details
April 22, 2016 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States April 27, 2016 Details
June 29, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada April 26, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Morgan County, Tennessee, United States April 26, 2016 Details
April 24, 2016 stephen stedman Scott County, Tennessee, United States April 25, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States April 23, 2016 Details
April 15, 2016 hiker96 Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States April 18, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 Doug Bruce Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States April 16, 2016 Details
April 09, 2016 CA Ivy Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States April 10, 2016 Details
April 08, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 08, 2016 Details
July 12, 2015 M Kuhlman Richland County, Montana, United States April 07, 2016 Details
March 28, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 28, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States March 27, 2016 Details
March 18, 2016 DBMACLEAN Citrus County, Florida, United States March 23, 2016 Details
June 02, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 28, 2016 Details
August 29, 2015 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States February 27, 2016 Details
August 06, 2014 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
May 07, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
May 07, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
May 29, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
August 17, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
August 22, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Putnam County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
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
November 06, 2015 curtis.lehman Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States November 06, 2015 Details
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