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  Sighting 906077

Desert Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus philetas

Observation date: June 16, 2013
Submitted by: JimConrad
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: None.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stomlins701
Verified date: June 21, 2013
Coordinator notes: Desert and tropical Checkered-Skippers look very much alike so this is a tough id. The Tropical Checkered-Skipper photos I reviewed on bugguide.net generally had substantially more of the blue-gray hairs on the forewings than this sighting. This characteristic is consistent with the description in Opler/Malikul's "Eastern Butterflies" for tropical Checkered-Skipper. The submittal photo matches better overall with photos of the Desert Checkered-Skipper on bugguide.net On that basis, I am calling this sighting Desert Checkered-Skipper. http://bugguide.net/node/view/177883 http://bugguide.net/node/view/686329
Checklist region(s): United States, Real County, Texas