All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Silver-spotted Skipper</strong><br> <em>Epargyreus clarus</em> / True Skipper Family
Silver-spotted Skipper
Epargyreus clarus / True Skipper Family
Notice the long proboscis ("tongue") of this skipper as it drinks nectar from the individual flowers of the Ironweed. Skippers have bent ends on their antennae, butterflies have knobbed antennae. Once during one of my insect programs my students found skippers and small flies called "midges," as I named them to the kids one of the mothers laughed and asked, "Do you have Barbies too?" :)
Host plants for caterpillars: Sennas