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Silver Spotted Skipper Caterpillar
Silver-spotted Skipper Caterpillar Silver-spotted Skipper

Above ©
Judy Gallagher; Metz Wetland, Woodbridge, VA; September 2014

Lower left © Judy Gallagher; Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge, Virginia; June 2013

Lower center © Kim Hosen; suburban back yard, Woodbridge, VA; September 2008

Silver-spotted Skipper Caterpillar
Epargyreus clarus

Silver-spotted Skippers begin life as a singly egg laid near a host tree. When they hatch, caterpillars must find their proper host.

Young caterpillars live in a folded leaf shelter. Older caterpillars live in a nest of leaves held together by silk.

The caterpillars hide all day and emerge at night to feed.

They eat the foliage of woody legumes, such as black locust (Robinia pseudacacia), honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) and false indigo (Amorpha sp.).