Silver-Spotted Skipper – Epargyreus clarus

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There are usually 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.

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Adults like to perch upside down under leaves on hot or cloudy days and at night. Males perch high on branches to seek out females and occasionally patrol the area. 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 silk, surrounded by a leaf and chrysalids hibernate.

Caterpillar Hosts: Many woody legumes including black locust (Robinia pseudacacia), honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) and false indigo (Amorpha species). Also selected herbaceous legumes such as Glycyrrhiza species.
Adult Food: The Silver-spotted Skipper almost never visits yellow flowers, these include everlasting pea, common milkweed, wisteria, red clover, buttonbush, blazing star, and thistles.
Habitat: Disturbed and open woods, foothill streamcourses, prairie waterways.

 

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