Attributes of Pyrgus oileus

Tropical Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus oileus (Linnaeus, 1767)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Upperside is dark brown with pale markings; male forewing has a mat of long blue-gray hairs; hindwing of both sexes has marginal and submarginal bands made up of equal-sized spots. Underside of hindwing is pale, often with a strong brown overlay; not much contrast between bands and ground color.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches (3.2 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Males perch and patrol for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on the uppersides of host plant leaves. Caterpillars feed and live in the shelter of a webbed leaf.
Flight: Four to five broods throughout the year in South Texas and Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Several plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae) including axocatzin (Sida rhombifolia), mallow (Malva), hollyhock (Althaea rosea), velvet-leaf (Abutilon), and malva loca (Malvastrum).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of Sidas and small-flowered composites such as shepherd's needles.
Habitat: Open, sunny areas including pastures, brushy fields, wooded trails, thorn-scrub, and roadsides.
Range: Peninsular Florida, the Gulf Coast, and South Texas south through the West Indies, Mexico, and Central America to Argentina.
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.
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February 10, 2017 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States February 15, 2017 Details
June 30, 2015 Tony Guzman Dominican Republic January 10, 2017 Details
October 07, 2016 cosmic_cat Gregg County, Texas, United States January 08, 2017 Details
March 28, 2016 J_Martineau Lee County, Florida, United States January 05, 2017 Details
December 21, 2016 tysonbartlett55 Cameron County, Texas, United States December 27, 2016 Details
November 19, 2016 Gary The Villages Lake County, Florida, United States November 19, 2016 Details
October 28, 2016 Jeff Trahan Goliad County, Texas, United States November 18, 2016 Details
November 04, 2016 randimal Hidalgo County, Texas, United States November 15, 2016 Details
October 25, 2016 mprocter Texas, Navarro County, United States November 07, 2016 Details
October 24, 2016 Jeff Trahan Howard County, Arkansas, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 12, 2016 Jeff Trahan Lafayette County, Arkansas, United States October 13, 2016 Details
October 07, 2016 Jeff Trahan Little River County, Arkansas, United States October 08, 2016 Details
June 06, 2016 LibbyMegna Hidalgo County, Texas, United States October 03, 2016 Details
October 01, 2016 gpstewart Texas, Travis County, United States October 01, 2016 Details
August 04, 2016 Jonathan Clark Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States September 24, 2016 Details
September 21, 2016 mellielong Marion County, Florida, United States September 24, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States September 08, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 Jonathan Clark Concordia Parish, Louisiana, United States July 29, 2016 Details
July 20, 2016 wildman Charleston County, South Carolina, United States July 20, 2016 Details
July 17, 2016 PopularOutcast Alachua County, Florida, United States July 19, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States July 16, 2016 Details
June 13, 2016 Thomlinson Aransas County, Texas, United States July 03, 2016 Details
June 17, 2016 Loret_in_Florida Osceola County, Florida, United States June 24, 2016 Details
August 17, 2015 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States May 26, 2016 Details
March 16, 2015 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 29, 2016 Details
November 09, 2015 ncrosbyrd Hidalgo County, Texas, United States February 16, 2016 Details
November 04, 2011 ncrosbyrd Hidalgo County, Texas, United States February 13, 2016 Details
January 08, 2016 Wasil_Khan Jasper County, South Carolina, United States January 12, 2016 Details
September 11, 2013 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States December 23, 2015 Details
October 27, 2015 BOGwalker Lee County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
October 16, 2015 Nancy Hamlett Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States October 20, 2015 Details
October 03, 2015 Jeff Trahan Grant Parish, Louisiana, United States October 13, 2015 Details
September 10, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States September 11, 2015 Details
September 10, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States September 11, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 Ken Bosso East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States August 01, 2015 Details
July 22, 2015 Shirley Wilkerson Comanche County, Texas, United States August 01, 2015 Details
June 19, 2015 Shirley Wilkerson Comanche County, Texas, United States August 01, 2015 Details
March 12, 2015 Ron Smith Pinellas County, Florida, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 PopularOutcast Alachua County, Florida, United States July 18, 2015 Details
October 04, 2014 Jeff Trahan Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States June 17, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States May 29, 2015 Details
April 12, 2015 cyric Martin County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 05, 2015 KristyBaker Cameron County, Texas, United States May 05, 2015 Details
March 18, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 17, 2015 Robalero Cameron County, Texas, United States April 17, 2015 Details
March 27, 2015 Robalero Hidalgo County, Texas, United States April 07, 2015 Details
January 04, 2014 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 06, 2015 Details
February 21, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States February 24, 2015 Details
January 29, 2015 Doug Taron Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico February 04, 2015 Details
October 05, 2014 KristyBaker Cameron County, Texas, United States December 28, 2014 Details