Common Checkered-Skipper

Pyrgus communis
Spread-wing Skippers

Appearance: Above, blue-gray with a pattern of white checkering heaviest in the mid area of both wings. Outer edges of wings have two rows of small white spots with the inner being larger, and checkered fringes. Beneath both wings white with tan or olive bands and irregular spots.

Size: Small; 1 to 1 1/2 inches

Habitat: Adaptable to great changes in altitude; open, sunny places with low vegetation and some bare soil, including prairies, meadows, fields, roadsides, gardens, pastures, openings and trails in woods

Season: Late May to August

Larval Foodplant: Several plants in the Mallow (Malvaceae) Family

Did You Know…
Skippers differ from butterflies in having small hooks at the end of the antennal clubs, stouter bodies and relatively smaller wings. The common checkered skipper is probably the most common skipper (nearly one-third of all butterflies in North America are skippers).

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