Two-Banded Checkered Skipper

Pyrgus ruralis
Spread-wing Skippers

Appearance: Above, blackish-brown with checkered fringes and bold pattern of squarish white spots forming two crossing bands (roughly “X” shaped) on forewing. Hindwing above often shows white basal spot.

Size: Small; 3/4 to 1 1/8 inches

Habitat: Moist clearings and meadows up to and above tree line

Season: Late spring to early summer

Larval Foodplant: Cinquefoils and horkelias

Did You Know…
Can be difficult to separate from other members of the Checkered-Skippers where ranges overlap.

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