Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma)

… is a butterfly of the ‘skipper’ family  Hesperiidae, found through out northern North America and Eurasia. It is known as the Common Branded Skipper in North America, where the butterfly Epargyreus clarus, a spread-winged skipper, also has the common name of “Silver-spotted Skipper”.

Females lay single eggs during August and September on the leaf blades of Sheep’s Fescue, Festuca ovina, the only foodplant, and occasionally on nearby plants. Like other skippers the larvae construct small tent-like structures from leaf blades and silk from which to feed. They enter the pupal stage after 14 to 15 weeks at the base of the foodplant. Pupation takes 10 to 14 days, and as with most butterflies the males emerge first…

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