Skippers are butterflies that do not look like butterflies. In many ways they look more like a moth than a butterfly. They have thick, hairy bodies and compact wings. Their antennae do not bear the typical round or teardrop shaped clubs of other species of butterflies; instead they are distinctively hooked at the end. They are named skippers for the low erratic "skipping" flight.
Most skippers are small to medium sized butterflies that are generally brown, orange, white in color. A couple of examples are shown below.
|Juvenal's Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)|
|Possibly a Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)|
Because so many of the skippers look similar, it can be difficult to distinguish between species. This is not an issue with the Silver-spotted Skipper. The Silver-spotted Skipper is rather easy to identify. For a skipper it is large, with a wingspan of 1.75 to 2.4 inches. When seen from above it is rather indistinct. Like many other skippers it is primarily brown in color with orange accents.
It is the view from the side/below that is distinctive. As its name suggests it has a large silver-white spot centered on the underside of its hind wings.
|Silver-spotted Skipper - note the hooked antennae and long probing proboscis|