In a large, worldwide family that contains several thousand species, the silver-spotted skipper is one of the easiest to identify in our state.
The undersides of the wings of this common Missouri skipper are solid orange. The larvae eat grasses.
The white and black checkered pattern makes this a simple identification; it’s the only checkered skipper in Missouri.
Look for this common Missouri skipper at flowers and mud puddles, in forests and along roadsides.
Three broods of Peck’s skipper populate Missouri’s fields, lawns and other open habitats from May through October.
A cloudywing is a skipper whose ground color, seen from above, is completely dark, and not mottled. This species has a dark face, too.
One of the smallest skippers in the eastern United States, this species is found in moist, grassy areas, usually near water.
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