Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Common statewide (especially in the fall), this butterfly flies from Spring into late Fall in NC. Clouded Skippers can be distinguished from female Zabulon Skippers because Clouded Skippers lack the white border of the top edge (as viewed from below or above) of the hindwing. Note also that the subapical forewing spot line in Clouded Skippers tends to be curved, not straight. As you can see below, they are fond of nectaring on purple flowers.
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) mated pair
Orange Co., NC
28 Sep 2005

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Nectaring on Common Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris)
Washington Co., NC
19 June 2004
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Nectaring on Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Orange Co., NC
20 July 2005

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius), Female
Clay Co., NC
21 May 2005
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Blackwood Division Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
25 July 2003

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) From above, females (left) show large white spots while males (right) sport small white spots.
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Orange Co., NC
3 Oct 2004
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Durham Co., NC
9 Oct 2004

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Graham Co, NC
1 May 2004
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Richmond Co., NC
1 Oct 2006

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Brunswick Co., NC
29 Oct 2006

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Brunswick Co., NC
13 Aug 2006
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Craven Co., NC
26 Aug 2007

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Yancey Co., NC
13 Sep 2008
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Duke Gardens, Durham Co., NC
18 Aug 2013

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Wilkes Co., NC
24 Aug 2016
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Blue Ridge Pkwy, Watauga Co., NC
23 Aug 2016

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius) Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Brunswick Co., NC
27 Aug 2005

Clouded Skippers are fond of crawling into large flowers like this Morning Glory in search of nectar.


Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Brunswick Co., NC
4 Oct 2008

A Clouded Skipper (left) shares a blazing star with an Ocola Skipper (right).


Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Brunswick Co., NC
4 Oct 2008

A Long-tailed Skipper shares a blazing star with a Clouded Skipper.


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