Silver-spotted Skipper

  • Family name: Hesperiidae/Skippers
  • General description: Wings brown, forewing elongated with a band of glassy gold spots. Hindwing with small lobe on lower angle. Ventral hindwing with prominent clear white patch in center.
  • Field Marks: Ventral hindwing with prominent clear white patch in center. Body stout.
  • Sexes: Appear similar
  • Wingspan: 50-67 mm
  • Life Cycle: Egg: Green, laid singly on host leaves Mature larva: Yellow with narrow dark transverse bands. Head reddish-brown with two orange-yellow spots along the lower margin. Chrysalis: Brown with darker markings
  • Number of Generations: Three or more
  • Flight Season: Spring through fall
  • Abundance: occasional to common
  • Habitat: Fields, swamps, woodland margins, disturbed woody sites, gardens
  • Counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, De Soto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
  • Larval Host Plants: Various members of the Pea family(Fabaceae) including Bastard Indigo(Amorpha fruticosa), Black Locust(Robinia pseudoacacia), American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens), Chinese Wisteria(Wisteria sinensis), American Hogpeanut(Amphicarpaea bracteata)
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  • Additional Information: Range is limited in Idaho and Utah. Adults of this large, robust skipper have a rapid and powerful flight. Typically encountered as isolated individuals. Adults avidly visit available flowers. Larvae construct individual leaf shelters on host.

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