Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)

Fairly common and statewide in NC, although its exact status in the Western third of the state is less well known. There are 3 broods in NC with adults on the wing from early Spring to early Winter.

Another species, White Checkered-Skipper (P. albescens) looks VERY similar and distinguishing the two species by sight alone may not be possible without examining genitalia. White Checkered-Skipper has never been collected in NC, but both species of checkered-skippers appear to be expanding their ranges northward, so it may show up eventually, if it is not here already (see below)!


Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) This population of checkered-skippers is in southeastern NC, close to where White Checkered-Skippers have been reported in SC. We took a specimen from this population to determine specific identity in the lab. As yet, the exact identity of these two individuals on the left is undetermined. Our suspicions were raised by the lack of a bluish appearance to the males, although Mike Overton suspects these are P. communis based on hindwing fringe markings.
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Male
New Hanover Co., NC
27 Aug 2005
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Female
New Hanover Co., NC
27 Aug 2005

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Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Durham Co., NC
2 May 2006
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Orange Co., NC
25 Apr 2006

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Orange Co., NC
28 Sep 2006
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Durham Co., NC
9 Sep 2005

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Chatham Co., NC
20 Oct 2005
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Chatham Co., NC
20 Oct 2005

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Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Female, nectaring on Bidens aristosa
Chatham Co., NC
26 Sep 2004
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Worn female
Orange Co., NC
19 Sep 2004

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Brunswick Co., NC
29 Oct 2006
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Chatham Co., NC
20 Oct 2005

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) For host plants, Common Checkered-Skippers use many species of mallows (Malvaceae) such as this one in the genus Sida on which I watched one of the above females lay an egg!

Probably Sida rhombifolia
Chatham Co., NC 26 Sep 2004

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Brunswick Co., NC
29 Oct 2006

Female, resting in Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)


Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
17 Oct 2007
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
17 Oct 2007

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
17 Oct 2007

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) #1884
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
30 Sep 2007

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Jones Co., NC
21 Oct 2007
Jones Co., NC
21 Oct 2007

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) #9686
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Eagle Meadows west of Sonora Pass, Tuolumne Co., CA
11 July 2007

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) #5451
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
15 Sep 2013

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) #5608
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
19 Sep 2013

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Angela, Rosebud Co., MT
2 June 2014
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Angela, Rosebud Co., MT
2 June 2014


Colorado Common Checkered-Skippers
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Florissant, Teller Co., CO
6 July 2016

Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
Royal Gorge Fremont Co., CO
11 July 2016


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