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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July 25, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 18, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 arcturusangel Gregg County, Texas, United States July 12, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 Selwyn Quan Santa Clara County, California, United States July 08, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 yoghurt Oakland County, Michigan, United States July 07, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 Selwyn Quan Santa Clara County, California, United States June 26, 2015 Details
September 27, 2007 Joe Saunders Mercer County, West Virginia, United States June 25, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States June 24, 2015 Details
June 15, 2015 Jeff Trahan Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States June 15, 2015 Details
October 17, 2010 Gordilly Douglas County, Nebraska, United States May 14, 2015 Details
April 30, 2015 lotusgreen Alameda County, California, United States May 12, 2015 Details
May 04, 2015 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States May 05, 2015 Details
April 20, 2015 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States April 21, 2015 Details
April 10, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 13, 2015 Details
March 31, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 31, 2015 Details
September 09, 2010 Allen Belden Sussex County, Virginia, United States March 19, 2015 Details
August 26, 2013 richtrebbien Ada County, Idaho, United States March 09, 2015 Details
August 26, 2014 Nancy Witthuhn Ness County, Kansas, United States February 28, 2015 Details
August 25, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Washington County, Indiana, United States February 20, 2015 Details
February 23, 2013 tjrickert Texas, McMullen County, United States February 18, 2015 Details
January 31, 2015 Doug Taron Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico February 04, 2015 Details
September 29, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States September 30, 2014 Details
September 28, 2014 Michael Melchiore Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States September 29, 2014 Details
June 04, 2014 blueappaloosa Jefferson County, Colorado, United States September 27, 2014 Details
August 17, 2014 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 15, 2014 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 19, 2014 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States September 22, 2014 Details
September 19, 2014 arcturusangel Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States September 21, 2014 Details
September 18, 2014 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 06, 2014 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 digginflowers Page County, Virginia, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 10, 2014 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States September 14, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 Austin Baldini Larimer County, Colorado, United States September 12, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States September 10, 2014 Details
September 08, 2014 John429 Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States September 10, 2014 Details
September 10, 2014 curtis.lehman Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States September 10, 2014 Details
October 10, 2008 jimbridges Fort Bend County, Texas, United States September 08, 2014 Details
August 24, 2014 Randy.Haar Wood County, Ohio, United States August 31, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 Krish49 Shawnee County, Kansas, United States August 18, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 BRapai Wayne County, Michigan, United States August 11, 2014 Details
August 05, 2014 othervickie Nevada County, California, United States August 09, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 vision_m Texas, Morris County, United States August 04, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 04, 2014 Details
September 10, 2006 abwest St James Parish, Louisiana, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States July 24, 2014 Details
October 29, 2013 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States July 21, 2014 Details
November 05, 2005 roseanna Wayne County, Kentucky, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 hiker96 Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States July 11, 2014 Details
June 28, 2014 Debbie Taylor Pope County, Arkansas, United States July 09, 2014 Details