Status:  rare resident

Flights:  1, May-Jul

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:

One known site: Chew’s Ridge area

Habitats:  foothill cyns, gardens, stream edges, open woods

Host plants:  pea family (Fabaceae)

Adult foodnectars at variety of flowers, e.g., CA buckeye, dogbane; favors blue, red, pink, purple, avoids yellow

Conservation: secure globally


  1.   strong, rapid flight

  2.   adults perch w/ wings closed, bask in AM w/ wings open

  3.   sometimes perch beneath leaves, like tropical counterparts

  4.   larva rarely leaves nest in daylight; if disturbed, ejects fecal pellets through the air

  5.   metallic silver band on HW UN is diagnostic


Silver-spotted skipper

Epargyreus clarus

Life history facts

egg: laid singly on objects adj. to host plants to avoid early predation

larva:  builds solitary nest of leaflets

pupa:  chrysalis formed in loose cocoon in ground litter; hibernates

adult:  patrol forest openings, perch on low shrubs or ground for fem, often along streams

nectaring on thistle

Chew’s ridge