We have never seen this species in person, so we were delighted when Kristi’s photo skipped into our inbox. Skippers are furry, stocky little butterflies that look like a cross between a butterfly and a moth. They earn their name from their rapid darting flight. The large Silver-Spotted Skipper is the most easily recognized skipper across North America, flashing its silvered spot on the underside of its hindwing, even as it flies. They are on the wing in our area from mid-June to mid-July in forest edges, fields, and gardens. Common in the east, they are more restricted in mountain regions in the west. Caterpillars feed on locusts, wisteria, and other legumes.
Photo by Kristi DuBois on 5/24/20 near Alberton in Mineral County, MT