Wingspan: 1 3/4 to 2 5/8 inches
Large and powerful, the Silver-spotted Skipper has a large white patch on the underside of its lower wing that makes this butterfly easy to identify even when in flight.
Look for this abundant butterfly from early June through August in a variety of habitats, including open woodlands, fields, gardens and meadows. Males perch on vegetation, frequently darting off in pursuit of large insects passing by and often engage in aerial chases.
The Silver-spotted Skipper is not fussy about nectar sources and visits a variety of flowers, with a preference for red, purple and pink blooms.
Silver-spotted Skippers lay single green eggs with red tops on the upperside of its host plants, which include black locust (Robbinia pseudoacacia).