Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis, 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.

Formerly placed in the genus Pyrgus, which is how it appears in current field guides, recent taxonomic research supports placing it in the genus Burnsius.

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 is expanding its range northward in NC, but the extent of its range expansion is not well documented.


Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Alligator River NWR, Dare Co., NC
21 Oct 2018
Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Alligator River NWR, Dare Co., NC
21 Oct 2018

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Alligator River NWR, Dare Co., NC
21 Oct 2018
Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Alligator River NWR, Dare Co., NC
21 Oct 2018

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

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

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

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Hill Forest, Durham Co., NC
18 Aug 2019

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Duke Forest, Durham Co., NC
26 Oct 2019

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Duke Forest, Durham Co., NC
26 Oct 2019
Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
17 Oct 2007

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Alamance Co., NC
7 Sep 2020

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
24 Oct 2020
Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Hillsborough, Orange Co., NC
24 Aug 2017

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
24 Oct 2020

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
24 Oct 2020

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Duke Forest, Durham Co., NC
26 Oct 2019
Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Duke Forest, Durham Co., NC
26 Oct 2019

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Jordan Lake, Chatham Co., NC
2 Oct 2011
Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Jordan Lake, Chatham Co., NC
2 Oct 2011

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Duke Gardens, Durham Co., NC
31 Oct 2010
Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
5 Nov 2022

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
2 Apr 2023

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Bluestem, Orange Co., NC
14 Sep 2023
Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Alamance Co., NC
7 Nov 2023

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Alligator River NWR, Dare Co., NC
22 Oct 2023

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius 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 (Burnsius communis)
Male
New Hanover Co., NC
27 Aug 2005
Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Female
New Hanover Co., NC
27 Aug 2005

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

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

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

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

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

Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius 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
Bristly-Mallow (Modiola caroliniana)
Edge of weedy lawn, Alamance Co., NC
12 Apr 2020

This Bristly-Mallow (Modiola caroliniana) is another likely local caterpillar food plant. I have found a large population of checkered-skippers near these plants.


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

Female, resting in Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)



Florida Common Checkered-Skippers
#3822
Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Florida Panther NWR, Collier Co., FL
21 Sep 2016


California and Montana Common Checkered-Skippers
Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis) Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis) #9686
Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Eagle Meadows west of Sonora Pass, Tuolumne Co., CA
11 July 2007

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

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

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


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

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



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