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Checkered-Skipper

Pyrgus comminus

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago
Common Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus communis a checkerspot? - Pyrgus communis - BugGuide.Net


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7 Comments

pamsai
pamsai 8 years ago

thanks to Tom and bauycca for working out the ID of this Skipper.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Love the blue tint on the back and fuzziness.:-)
Nice capture (pic #3)!

TomElliott
TomElliott 8 years ago

Since it was seen in Northern California, I am going to go with the more widely distributed P. comminus. Comminus being a species that does exhibit variation within the species. It's a Checkered Skipper.

pamsai
pamsai 8 years ago

Well it was pretty dry in Marin County at that time of the year. All the grass was brown!

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Thanks Tom! But now I want to know about your choice of this one ;-)...

TomElliott
TomElliott 8 years ago

albescens flies in drier habitats and is usually paler than communis. Both occur in California. Good Luck.

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Tricky one!! I think it is Pyrgus communis, although there are many similarities with Pyrgus albescens. Please, change my ID in Pyrgus sp., I will try to rule out Albenscens first.

pamsai
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pamsai

California, USA

Spotted on Oct 14, 2012
Submitted on Oct 15, 2012

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