Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1132016

Common Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus communis

Observation date: August 04, 2017
Submitted by: jetboulder@aol.com
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Saw it sitting on dried grass in Davidson Mesa Open space, Louisville, CO. Flew away as soon as I took picture. Fairly small, maybe an inch across, but hard to tell since wings weren't completely open.
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: October 28, 2017
Coordinator notes: Although many skippers use grasses as host plants, this skipper belongs to the group (Subfamily Pyrginae) that use broad leaf plants for hosts. This ones uses Mallow, a common "weed" found around yard and garden areas - a usually small, low growing but bushy plant with round-shaped leaves. I'm sure you have seen it.........Mike
Checklist region(s): Boulder County, United States, Colorado