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Common Checkered-Skipper

Pyrgus communis

Description:

Males patrol in swales most actively in the afternoon, and mating takes place then. Females lay eggs singly on leaf buds and tops of leaves. Adults roost exposed on a tall plant beginning in late afternoon. Caterpillars make folded-leaf nests in which they live and feed, and fully-grown caterpillars hibernate.

Habitat:

Range: Southern Canada - Northern Mexico. Open, sunny places with low vegetation and some bare soil including prairies, meadows, fields, roadsides, landfills, yards, gardens, pastures, openings and trails in woods. Host Plants: mallow family (Malvaceae) including globemallows (Sphaeralcea), mallow (Malva), hollyhock (Althaea), alkali mallows (Sida), velvet-leaf (Abutilon), and poppy mallow (Callirhoe).

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Small Wonders
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Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Aug 29, 2011
Submitted on Nov 8, 2011

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