Silver-spotted Skipper Epargyreus clarus

One of the most common skippers in Arkansas. Large and distinctive, often one of the first skippers that new butterfly chasers confidently identify. A yard and garden visitor. Mistaken for the Hoary Edge but the Hoary is much less widespread and doesn't care much for suburbia. The bright white spot is flashy and very visible even in flight.

Open shot of a Silver-spotted Skipper showing the zagging golden bands which are much less luminous than in the Golden-banded Skipper.

And the most frequent position of the Silver-spot, territory leaf top perching, interspersed with mad flights up and down open areas.