The Clouded Skipper is a common sight in the southern region of the continent, this small butterfly is often overlooked. Overall, this skipper is dark brown with some translucent white spots and a distinctive cloudy wash. The underside of the forewing is pointed with a row of translucent whitish spots near the subapical region. The underside of both wings in the center and toward the outer margin has a distinctive cloudy bluish-violet to a lavender sheen. The upperside of the wings is dark chocolate brown with several small semitransparent whitish spots in the forewing.


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Clouded Skipper Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Hesperiinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 1 3/4 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Forest edges and clearings near rivers and swamps


Clouded Skipper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Silver Plume Grass
  • Witch Grass
  • Johnson Grass
  • Barnyard Grass
  • St. Augustine Grass
  • Wooly Beard Grass

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Shepherd’s Needle
    • Vervain
    • Buttonbush
    • Lantana
    • Zinnia
    • Mistflower
    • Red Clover
    • Thistle
    • Purple Coneflower
    • Garden Petunia
    • White Turtlehead
    • Phlox
    • Everlasting Pea
    • Wild Petunia
    • Blazing Star