Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 731407

Small Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus scriptura

Observation date: August 01, 2012
Submitted by: rseidler
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: None.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: August 17, 2012
Coordinator notes: Very exciting! This is Small Checkered-skipper, which is very similar to Mountain C-s. Mountain flies only in May-June, whereas Small flies 2-3 times per year. The key diagnostic differences are on the hindwing, which is not visible in your photo, so I base this ID on the August date. This would be a new record for Taos County, so more confirmation would be desirable. Do you have a photo that shows upper side of hindwing? if so, please send to my personal e-mail: sjcary@earthlink.net THANKS!
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Taos County