Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Desert Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus philetas

Observation date: September 06, 2021
Submitted by: Marta Reece
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Flew to a granite surface on which it was well camouflaged and stayed motionless after that. Pleasant weather.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: September 11, 2021
Coordinator notes: Marta, this desert-dweller is much like, but different from, the White/Common checkered-skipper complex. I think if you study your field guides you'll see the differentiating marks: an apical FW white spot, a white spot beyond the hourglass-shaped spot at the end of the discal cell, and evenly spaced checks in the (rather worn) FW fringe. This species is a desert endemic, compared to the ubiquitous and frustrating White/Common pair.
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico