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Epargyreus clarus

Common Name: Silver-spotted Skipper
Epargyreus clarus
Epargyreus clarus

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Epargyreus
Species: Epargyreus clarus

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The silver-spotted skipper is a brown-black in color. Their hindwings are lobed and have a silver band on the underside, and their wingspan is 2 1/2".

Habitat & Range

They can be found in open forests throughout North America.


These butterflies eat a variety of milkweed, red clover, and thistles. They rarely visit any yellow flowers. They are important pollinators for the flowers they visit.

Life Cycle

Larvae hatch from eggs, and will create leaf nests to shelter in, only leaving their shelter to eat or build a bigger shelter.

They’ll pupate and undergo metamorphisis in their leaf nests.

Featured image by Megan McCarty


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