Attributes of Pyrgus communis

Common Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus communis (Grote, 1872)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Upperside of male is blue-gray; female is black. Both sexes have large white spots which form median bands across both wings. Fringes of male checkered but black checks often reach only halfway to edge of fringe. Male has a costal fold enclosing scent scales on the upperside of the forewing. Underside is dull white with dark gray or olive bands. Spots of the hindwing marginal row are very small; spots of the submarginal row are larger. This species is separated from the white checkered skipper with confidence only by dissection and examination of the male genitalia.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/2 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: 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.
Flight: February-October in the Deep South, March-September in the north.
Caterpillar Hosts: Several plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae) including globemallows (Sphaeralcea), mallow (Malva), hollyhock (Althaea), alkali mallows (Sida), velvet-leaf (Abutilon), and poppy mallow (Callirhoe).
Adult Food: Nectar from white-flowered composites including shepherd\'s needles, fleabane, and asters; also red clover, knapweed, beggar\'s ticks, and many others.
Habitat: Open, sunny places with low vegetation and some bare soil including prairies, meadows, fields, roadsides, landfills, yards, gardens, pastures, openings and trails in woods.
Range: Most of the temperate United States south to Gulf coast, w. Texas, se. Arizona, southern California, and mountains of northern Mexico. Colonizes as far north as central Alberta, southern Ontario, and southern New England. It cannot survive very cold winters and may not be a permanent resident north of the 40th parallel.
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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October 16, 2014 agathman Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States July 24, 2016 Details
July 22, 2016 breck7348 Yolo County, California, United States July 23, 2016 Details
June 19, 2016 ncrosbyrd Sierra County, California, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 27, 2016 jetboulder@aol.com Chaffee County, Colorado, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 Jeff Trahan Jackson Parish, Louisiana, United States July 09, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 Bill Link Burnet County, Texas, United States July 03, 2016 Details
June 18, 2016 cosmic_cat Gregg County, Texas, United States July 03, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 billwx Noble County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
September 06, 2015 Trailmaker Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 CA Ivy Franklin County, Arkansas, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States June 11, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 Jeff Trahan Howard County, Arkansas, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 27, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 Lois Stacey Calhoun County, South Carolina, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 curtis.lehman Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States May 07, 2016 Details
April 29, 2016 cowbug3 Jackson County, Oregon, United States May 02, 2016 Details
June 15, 2015 ncrosbyrd Delta County, Colorado, United States April 03, 2016 Details
September 01, 2015 Scott Fisher Ocean County, New Jersey, United States February 27, 2016 Details
November 18, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States January 29, 2016 Details
August 07, 2015 J_Martineau Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States January 06, 2016 Details
November 12, 2010 ozcomomoths Ozark County, Missouri, United States January 05, 2016 Details
November 19, 2015 curtis.lehman Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States December 15, 2015 Details
November 01, 2015 Scrapinator Dade County, Missouri, United States November 02, 2015 Details
October 31, 2015 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States November 01, 2015 Details
October 11, 2015 littlesteph Merced County, California, United States October 24, 2015 Details
October 09, 2015 sseagrave Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States October 21, 2015 Details
October 15, 2015 Carolyn Seaton Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States October 15, 2015 Details
October 13, 2015 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States October 14, 2015 Details
October 11, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States October 11, 2015 Details
September 27, 2015 Jonathan Clark Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States October 04, 2015 Details
November 03, 2013 nmhwilson Napa County, California, United States October 01, 2015 Details
September 17, 2015 JRonan17 Herkimer County, New York, United States September 25, 2015 Details
September 18, 2015 sseagrave Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States September 24, 2015 Details
September 23, 2015 Tindomul1of9 Queens County, New York, United States September 24, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States September 18, 2015 Details
September 15, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 16, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States September 12, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 Fritz Riedel Calvert County, Maryland, United States September 12, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 Chip Krilowicz Camden County, New Jersey, United States September 07, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States September 06, 2015 Details
September 05, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States September 06, 2015 Details
September 01, 2015 a-o San Francisco County, California, United States September 05, 2015 Details
August 27, 2015 Cathy Weiner New York County, New York, United States August 30, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 Kurt R. Schwarz Marin County, California, United States August 27, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 wjshawiii Greene County, Virginia, United States August 24, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Jonathan Clark Grant Parish, Louisiana, United States August 18, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 Jonathan Clark Grant Parish, Louisiana, United States August 16, 2015 Details