Attributes of Pyrgus scriptura

Small Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus scriptura (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Upperside is black-brown; forewing white spots are small; hindwing spots are few and submarginal row may be absent. Underside of forewing repeats upperside markings. Underside of hindwing is pale with barely contrasting markings. Male does not have a costal fold. White hindwing fringe is streaked with black only halfway to the edge of the fringe.
Wing Span: 3/4 - 1 inch (2 - 2.5 cm).
Life History: Males patrol and occasionally perch in swales and gullies in their search for receptive females. Eggs are deposited singly on leaves of the host plant. Caterpillars make a webbed leaf nest in which they live and feed.
Flight: One brood from July-August in the north, several broods from March-November in the southern part of the range.
Caterpillar Hosts: Alkali mallow (Sida hederacea), scarlet globemallow (Sphaeralcea coccinea), and desert globemallow (S. ambigua); all in the mallow family (Malvaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Prairie, open woodland, alkaline marshes and fields.
Range: Montana and eastern Wyoming south through Colorado and New Mexico to Mexico; west through Utah, Nevada, and Arizona to southern California and Baja California Norte.
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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February 14, 2013 philohela Clark County, Nevada, United States February 25, 2013 Details
February 21, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 27, 1988 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Esmeralda County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
March 28, 1971 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
March 29, 1978 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 22, 1978 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 03, 1978 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 28, 1978 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 19, 1975 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 23, 1978 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 27, 1977 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 01, 1977 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 04, 1978 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 12, 1977 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 21, 1989 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Mineral County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 17, 1984 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Mohave County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
March 06, 1999 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Pima County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 15, 1999 legacy.reporter (J. Vernon-R. Langston) Gila County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 01, 2004 John Saba (John Saba) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 20, 2005 John Saba (John Saba) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 26, 2005 John Saba (John Saba) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
November 02, 2005 legacy.reporter (Bob Barber) Pima County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 21, 2005 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) Coconino County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 01, 2012 rseidler Taos County, New Mexico, United States August 17, 2012 Details
July 15, 1979 legacy.reporter (George Balogh) Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 17, 1980 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) White Pine County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 01, 2011 legacy.reporter (Ken Kertell) Clark County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2012 Details
October 28, 2006 RaisingButterflies.org Mohave County, Arizona, United States November 28, 2011 Details
October 27, 2007 RaisingButterflies.org Salt Lake County, Utah, United States November 28, 2011 Details
March 14, 2009 RaisingButterflies.org Washington County, Utah, United States November 28, 2011 Details
July 08, 2007 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Mohave County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
June 04, 1969 legacy.reporter (Richard Funk) Navajo County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 28, 1967 legacy.reporter (Peter Herlan) Clark County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2011 Details
June 24, 1968 legacy.reporter (J. Emmel & Shields) Clark County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2011 Details
May 08, 1980 legacy.reporter (unknown) Yolo County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
August 31, 1980 legacy.reporter (unknown) Yolo County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
June 25, 1989 legacy.reporter (J. Caldwell, R. Langston) Santa Clara County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
October 10, 1987 legacy.reporter (John G. Pasko) Imperial County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
October 01, 1983 legacy.reporter (Robert L. Langston) Contra Costa County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
July 25, 1978 legacy.reporter (Robert L. Langston) Alameda County, California, United States March 09, 2010 Details
August 08, 1997 legacy.reporter (Jeffrey Glassberg) Sacramento County, California, United States January 07, 2010 Details
November 15, 1976 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Yolo County, California, United States January 07, 2010 Details
August 08, 1997 legacy.reporter (Jeffrey Glassberg) Sacramento County, California, United States January 07, 2010 Details
July 28, 1971 legacy.reporter (F. T. Thorne) San Diego County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
September 20, 1971 legacy.reporter (F. T. Thorne) San Diego County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
October 13, 1969 legacy.reporter (Fred T. Thorne) Imperial County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
June 02, 1966 legacy.reporter (Robert L. Langston) Solano County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
April 17, 1965 legacy.reporter (Fred T. Thorne) Riverside County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
August 08, 1997 legacy.reporter (Jeffrey Glassberg) Sacramento County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details
September 07, 1963 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) San Bernardino County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details