|Silver-Spotted Skipper Butterfly - Epargyreus clarus|
Family: Hesperiidae - Skippers / Subfamily Eudaminae - Dicot Skippers
Live skipper butterflies photographed in the wild at northern Illinois
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Skipper butterfly eggs are tiny, usually less than .1mm. Most skipper caterpillars are green and tapered, and the neck appears constricted. The caterpillars weave silk and leaves into a daytime shelter for protection. Most pupate in loosely woven cocoons. The chrysalises are often coated with a powder, or bloom, much like many dragonflies. Chrysalis and caterpillars may overwinter.
Skippers in subfamily Eudaminae are commonly called dicot skippers, after their larval host plants, the Dicotyledons, a group of flowering plants, the seeds of which have two embryonic leaves, or cotyledons. Eudaminae used to be included as a tribe (or several) within the subfamily Pyrginae (spread-wing skippers). Dicot skippers are large as skipper butterflies go.
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