Attributes of Pyrgus albescens

White Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus albescens Plötz, 1884

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Paler than Pyrgus communis. Male often has complete black checks in wing fringes. Upperside of male is blue-gray; female is black. Both sexes have large white spots which form median bands across both wings. Male has a costal fold enclosing scent scales on the upperside of the forewing. Underside is dull white with dark gray bands. Positive identification can be made only by dissection and scrutiny of the male genitalia.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/2 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Similar to that of Common Checkered-skipper.
Flight: All year in South Texas, most of the year elsewhere.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reliably reported. Probably several plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae) including globemallows (Sphaeralcea), velvet-leaf (Abutilon), and poppy mallow (Callirhoe).
Adult Food: Nectar from a variety of plants.
Habitat: Open, sunny places with low vegetation and some bare soil including prairies, fields, roadsides, yards, gardens, and low deserts.
Range: Low altitudes in southern California, southern Arizona, southern New Mexico, west and South Texas; Florida, and Mexico. A rare stray to southwest Utah, and central Texas.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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September 27, 2014 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States September 29, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States August 16, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 Gary The Villages Sumter County, Florida, United States July 25, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States June 10, 2014 Details
February 23, 2014 opiliones Clark County, Nevada, United States March 06, 2014 Details
February 10, 2014 KittKatt Los Angeles County, California, United States February 14, 2014 Details
February 05, 2014 jomarlin Martin County, Florida, United States February 09, 2014 Details
October 29, 2012 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 21, 2013 Details
November 17, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 20, 2013 Details
November 17, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 18, 2013 Details
June 01, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 14, 2013 Details
September 26, 2013 Michael J Slattery Charlotte County, Florida, United States October 31, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 rebeccafm Los Angeles County, California, United States September 09, 2013 Details
August 31, 2013 Nancee Cobb Bay County, Florida, United States August 31, 2013 Details
February 23, 2012 Pete Williams Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States February 27, 2012 Details
November 13, 2011 cyric Leon County, Florida, United States December 14, 2011 Details
October 21, 2010 legacy.reporter (Brian D. Holt and T. Wayne Barger) Dallas County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2010 Details
July 26, 1986 legacy.reporter (Richard W. Holland & S.J. Cary) Eddy County, New Mexico, United States August 04, 2010 Details
October 09, 1993 legacy.reporter (Richard Holland) Hidalgo County, New Mexico, United States August 04, 2010 Details
September 15, 1994 legacy.reporter (Richard W. Holland) Hidalgo County, New Mexico, United States August 04, 2010 Details
September 25, 1993 stevecary (Steve J. Cary) Hidalgo County, New Mexico, United States August 04, 2010 Details
September 24, 1993 legacy.reporter (Richard W. Holland & S.J. Cary) Hidalgo County, New Mexico, United States August 04, 2010 Details
September 25, 1993 stevecary (Steve J. Cary) Hidalgo County, New Mexico, United States August 04, 2010 Details
March 27, 1986 legacy.reporter (Ray E. Stanford) Luna County, New Mexico, United States August 04, 2010 Details
June 25, 1995 legacy.reporter (Richard Holland, Steve Cary, ESC) Luna County, New Mexico, United States August 04, 2010 Details
May 19, 1978 legacy.reporter (Richard W. Holland) San Juan County, New Mexico, United States August 04, 2010 Details
July 22, 1978 legacy.reporter (Richard W. Holland) San Juan County, New Mexico, United States August 04, 2010 Details
June 12, 1988 legacy.reporter (Richard W. Holland) Sierra County, New Mexico, United States August 04, 2010 Details
August 05, 1986 legacy.reporter (Ray E. Stanford) Socorro County, New Mexico, United States August 04, 2010 Details
September 23, 2008 legacy.reporter (Robert M. Pyle) Clark County, Nevada, United States August 04, 2010 Details
July 01, 2005 paulopler (Paul A. Opler) Esmeralda County, Nevada, United States August 04, 2010 Details
October 15, 2001 legacy.reporter (J.A. Ebner) Bexar County, Texas, United States August 04, 2010 Details
June 22, 1969 legacy.reporter (J.R. Heitzman) Cameron County, Texas, United States August 04, 2010 Details
October 24, 1984 legacy.reporter (T. Krall) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States August 04, 2010 Details
October 24, 1984 legacy.reporter (T. Krall) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States August 04, 2010 Details
October 30, 2008 legacy.reporter (Robert M. Pyle) Texas, Kleberg County, United States August 04, 2010 Details
June 14, 1969 legacy.reporter (J.R. Heitzman) Texas, San Patricio County, United States August 04, 2010 Details
January 25, 1990 legacy.reporter (K. Bagdonas) Texas, United States, Walker County August 04, 2010 Details
June 10, 1981 legacy.reporter (JMJ) Washington County, Utah, United States August 04, 2010 Details
October 09, 1982 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States August 04, 2010 Details
October 21, 2008 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States August 04, 2010 Details
October 13, 2008 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States August 04, 2010 Details
October 13, 2008 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States August 04, 2010 Details
September 20, 2008 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States August 04, 2010 Details
September 20, 2008 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States August 04, 2010 Details
June 18, 2008 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States August 04, 2010 Details
June 23, 1987 legacy.reporter (K. Davenport) Madera County, California, United States August 04, 2010 Details
May 24, 1965 legacy.reporter (Al Rubbert) San Diego County, California, United States August 04, 2010 Details
October 17, 1999 legacy.reporter (N. Bloomfield) San Diego County, California, United States August 04, 2010 Details