Clouded Skipper Lerema accius

This dark and variable skipper is quite common in a variety of habitats. It uses several grass species for its caterpillar foodplant. The females (as in this picture) are much more strongly marked with white spotting than the darker males but this is not a perfect sexual separation. Very fast flying, these butterflies will often perch up on grass tops and swirl upward whenever territorial boundaries are disputed. They will often chase other flying creatures of any type. The hindwings and forewings are frosted at their rear margins with a light silvery blue, especially when fresh. They can be seen flying into November in warm years in out state.

Can be confused with female Hobomok and Zabulon Skippers which are both much less commonly seen. The females of those two species are often skulky and are found away from more open areas. They are both much more orangish than the Clouded.

Clouded exterior showing the purplish silvering along the posterior edges of the wings.

Clouded interior from John Redman in September. Looks fresh with nice posterior scaling.

Male and female here. They kept flying together to get away. The brighter individual led. The oranges in the wings show well here.