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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November 11, 2016 Jeff Trahan Benton County, Arkansas, United States November 15, 2016 Details
November 13, 2016 Sam Wilson Dallas County, Texas, United States November 13, 2016 Details
November 06, 2016 Doug Bruce Bledsoe County, Tennessee, United States November 08, 2016 Details
October 27, 2016 Bonnie Morrison Howard County, Texas, United States November 07, 2016 Details
October 27, 2016 Bonnie Morrison Howard County, Texas, United States November 07, 2016 Details
November 05, 2016 ZoogaShaka Bell County, Texas, United States November 07, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States November 02, 2016 Details
October 12, 2016 hmclin Carroll County, Maryland, United States October 29, 2016 Details
October 15, 2016 jtylerbell St Marys County, Maryland, United States October 29, 2016 Details
October 24, 2016 Jeff Trahan Howard County, Arkansas, United States October 25, 2016 Details
September 21, 2016 Jeff Trahan Lafayette County, Arkansas, United States October 18, 2016 Details
September 02, 2012 yardbird Burlington County, New Jersey, United States October 17, 2016 Details
October 15, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States October 17, 2016 Details
October 12, 2016 Jeff Trahan Lafayette County, Arkansas, United States October 13, 2016 Details
October 12, 2016 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States October 12, 2016 Details
October 05, 2016 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States October 10, 2016 Details
October 06, 2016 digginflowers Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States October 10, 2016 Details
October 07, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States October 10, 2016 Details
October 09, 2016 Stylurus Jackson County, Michigan, United States October 09, 2016 Details
August 08, 2016 Christine Stanke Washington County, Wisconsin, United States October 08, 2016 Details
October 07, 2016 Jeff Trahan Little River County, Arkansas, United States October 08, 2016 Details
September 13, 2014 LibbyMegna Laramie County, Wyoming, United States October 06, 2016 Details
October 06, 2016 davidboon Oakland County, Michigan, United States October 06, 2016 Details
October 06, 2016 Stylurus Hillsdale County, Michigan, United States October 06, 2016 Details
September 27, 2016 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States October 02, 2016 Details
August 01, 2016 nkorte1 Mesa County, Colorado, United States October 01, 2016 Details
September 20, 2016 monikawood Steuben County, New York, United States September 23, 2016 Details
November 10, 2015 Tatertot2547 Canyon County, Idaho, United States September 20, 2016 Details
September 16, 2016 Jeff Trahan Howard County, Arkansas, United States September 17, 2016 Details
August 24, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States August 24, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 Stylurus Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States August 21, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 breck7348 San Joaquin County, California, United States August 12, 2016 Details
June 23, 2016 hiker96 Larimer County, Colorado, United States August 03, 2016 Details
August 02, 2016 margueritehamilton Ontario, Canada August 02, 2016 Details
October 16, 2014 Allen Gathman 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