Grizzled Skipper

Pyrgus centaureae
Spread-wing Skippers

Appearance: Above, brown/black with white spots, blue-gray tinged body hair and white checkered fringes. Lacks a third white spot in the forewing basal spot band present in most other Checkered Skippers. Below, two ill-defined bands.

Size: Small; 7/8 to 1 1/16 inches

Habitat: Moist tundra, above timberline and in spruce bogs and clearings

Season: June and July, can be biennial (mostly odd numbered years); 1 brood

Larval Foodplant: Cinquefoils and wild strawberries

Did You Know…
Basically a holarctic species, but there are scattered populations in some high Rockies locations.

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