The silver-spotted skipper is one likely to catch your attention. It is larger than most skippers, chocolate brown with a distinctive white or silvery spot on the underside of its back wings. It also has an irregular golden band on the front wings visible both on the dorsal and ventral sides.
Like butterflies and moths it has a long tongue shaped like a drinking straw which it carries rolled up under its chin. It uses it to get nectar from deep throated flowers, although it never passes an opportunity to nectar at flat, open flowers when it has a chance.
Habitat. Open areas, gardens, roadsides. Throughout North America, although less common in the west
Season. Seen from March to November and even December in some states, but mostly through the summer months.
Flowers. Unlike most pollinators it hardly ever visits yellow flowers, preferring other colors. Milkweeds, asters, zinnias, red clover, blazing star, thistle