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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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter McKinley County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cibola County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Catron County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Otero County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Guadalupe County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Quay County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Eddy County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mobile County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Navajo County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Greenlee County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Graham County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Gila County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Yuma County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Kings County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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