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Common Checkered-Skipper

Pyrgus communis


This butterfly was sipping the nectars of a Tall verbena (Verbena bonariensis). This butterfly is a skipper in the family hesperiidae, and is a constant visitor in the garden. These butterflies feed on Hollyhock (Althaea rosea), Marsh-Mallow (Althaea officinalis), Velvet-Leaf Butterprint (Abutilon theophrasti), Tall Wine-cup (Callirhoe leiocarpa), Flower-Of-An-Hour (Hibiscus trionum), Three-Lobe False Mallow (Malvastrum coromandelianum), Carolina Modiola (Modiola caroliniana), Common Mallow (Malva neglecta), Little Mallow (Malva parviflora), Round-Leaf Mallow (Malva rotundifolia), High Mallow (Malva sylvestris), Prickly Sida (Sida spinosa), Narrow-Leaf Globe-Mallow (Sphaeralcea angustifolia), Scarlet Globe-Mallow (Sphaeralcea coccinea) in the area. This butterfly has black and white on the wings, with some gold on the underside.


In my garden (around various wild flowers), Fort Worth, Texas.


The range of this butterfly, is from Most of Canada, to the west coast of South America till the northern tip of Chile. Another link for reference of host plants.

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Spotted on Jul 10, 2020
Submitted on Jul 13, 2020

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