Epargyreus clarus

Epargyreus clarus, the silver-spotted skipper, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. It is claimed to be the most recognized skipper in E. clarus occurs in fields, gardens, and at forest edges and ranges from southern Canada throughout most of the  to northern Mexico, but is absent in the Great Basin and western Texas.

E. clarus larvae create and reside in unique shelters stuck together with silk, which do not protect them from predators.  predators of the include wasp foragers, sphecid wasp and Crematogaster opuntiae ants. The is also considered to be a perching , meaning that adult males compete for territory to attract females. Although E. clarus is considered to be a pest of a few crop such as beans, its pest activity is not serious enough to warrant initiating major control measures.

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