Skippers are Very Energetic, Sprightly Butterflies

Silver spotted skipper butterfly photographed at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA

Our 2nd post for Silver (White) Spotted Skipper butterflies. One of the largest of the skippers, it will more than likely be one of the few Skippers that we’ll post. Skippers as of 2012 remain very under appreciated generally, so we’ll respect the general mood here.

Skippers are very energetic, sprightly butterflies and those of us who seek to observe butterflies spend lots of time with skippers. As already noted, they also keep us company when we tend to our gardens and flowerbeds.

Skippers are usually the first butterflies to seek nectaring flowers. I’ve seen them busily working flowers before the clock strikes 7 A.M.. They remain active well after 7 P.M. That’s a 12 hour day! Whew!

Our example here is about to send its proboscis (tongue) into the wildflower. This flowerhead is properly identified as Epargyreus clarus is a butterfly that we have all seen. It’s a little less flashy than others, it’s time that more of us took note of this butterfly that we see so, so many times from April to October.


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