Silver-spotted skipper

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Silver-spotted skipper

Silver-spotted skipper 
Epargyreus clarus

Wing span: 
1 3/4 to 2 5/8 inches 

Caterpillar hosts plants: 
woody and herbaceous legumes, including: black locust, Robinia; false indigo, Amorpha; honey locust, Gleditsia

Adult food: 

fruit, prefers blue, red, pink, and purple flowers, sometimes visits white and cream-colored flowers, never visits yellow flowers  
nectar of: butterfly weed and common milkweed,  Asclepias; honeysuckle, Lonicera; Joe-pye weed,  Eupatorium; red clover, Trifolium; thistles, Cirsium; zinnia, Zinnia

Habitat: 
disturbed and open woods, foothill streamcourses 

Notes:  
females lay single eggs near host trees, caterpillars must find proper host, hibernates as chrysalis, males perch to locate females, males occassionally patrol for females, puddles. 

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