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Common Checkered-Skipper

Pyrgus communis

Description:

The Common Checkered-Skipper can be near impossible to differentiate from the White Checkered-Skipper in areas where the ranges overlap (Southwestern states & Florida).

Habitat:

Flight: February-October in southern U.S. & northern Mexico , March-September in northern U.S. & southern Ontario. Open, sunny places with low vegetation and some bare soil - prairies, meadows, fields, roadsides, gardens, woodland edges. Host plants: Plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae) including globemallows (Sphaeralcea), mallow (Malva), hollyhock (Althaea), alkali mallows (Sida), velvet-leaf (Abutilon), and poppy mallow (Callirhoe).

Notes:

Observed on Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum). Skippers are important pollinators and their presence is indicative of a healthy ecosystem, as they are sensitive to pesticides and toxins.

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3 Comments

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 8 years ago

Thanks Noel & misako!
misako, I use a Canon SX100 :)

misako
misako 8 years ago

@Small Wonders: I love all of your photos--can you tell what type of camera you use?

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Great shot!

Small Wonders
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Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Jul 7, 2012
Submitted on Aug 21, 2012

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