Silver-spotted Skipper

Epargyreus clarus

Silver-spotted Skipper, Epargyreus clarus, photo © by Mike Plagens

Photographed by Mike Plagens along Sycamore Creek in the Pine Mountain Wilderness, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA. 07 June 2009.

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When perched the wings are held half-cocked, over the back leaving the bright silvery spot on the hindwing easily visible. The wingspan is about 50 mm. There is a golden band on the forewing with the remainder of the wings are a rich brown. The caterpillars feed on various leguminous trees. In Arizona's sycamore woodlands the most frequent host is New Mexico Locust. Beyond Arizona, this butterfly can be found through much of the United States and Mexico.

Hesperidae -- Skipper Family

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Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
Invertebrates in Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


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