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Common Checkered Skipper

Pyrgus communis


I carefully stalked this tiny skipper taking in the afternoon sun. It eventually settled for five minutes in a rich soil mixture under a new apple tree planting in my back garden. 19 to 32 mm (0.75 to 1.25 inch) Could be another species but settled for this due to the bluish hair scaling. Uses Hollyhock, Habiscus or cheesweed (available).


Foothills, weedy plains, fields and gardens.

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Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

nice spotting!

MickGrant 8 years ago

Thanks LauraMaria these small ones are difficult to get. I shot off 25 to get three that were usable!

LauraMaria 8 years ago

What a cute little butterfly! Gorgeous wing patterns. The butterflies are starting to emerge here in England, such a happy sight! Nice spotting, Mick!

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Ripley, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Apr 3, 2012
Submitted on Apr 4, 2012

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