Silver-Spotted Skipper
Epargyreus clarus
Sept. 15, 2013

  Over the years I've lived in State College, Pennsylvania, I've had the good opportunity to come across many silver-spotted skippers, so I thought it a good time to update this page with new photos (and, consequently, new text).

After all, how can one look at a face such as the following and not want to have this skipper seen?

Silver-spotted skipper
  The next photo is a little more diagnostic, in terms of identification. On the underside of the hindwing, the silver-spotted skipper has a large, silver spot. On the upper wing, the skipper has a series of gold rectangles.
Silver-spotted skipper
  Overall, the silver-spotted skipper has varous earth colors, but can also be quite dark, as in the following. (A little bit of backlighting helped "ignite" the golden rectangles.)
Dark silver-spotted skipper
  Finally, far better than one silver-spotted skipper is having two together in a frame.
Two silver-spotted skippers
  The silver-spotted skipper is one of the largest skippers, approaching the size of a cabbage white, which is the most common white butterfly one can see in the US northeast.

Photo note: I used the Pentax K20D, with the Voigtlander 125mm macro lens, for these photographs, taken during 2012 and 2013.

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