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Pyrgus communis (Checkered skipper)

Synonyms: Hesperia albovittata; Hesperia enigmatica; Hesperia orcynoides; Hesperia scabellata; Hesperia tessellata; Hesperia titicaca; Pyrgus adepta; Pyrgus albescens; Pyrgus chloe; Pyrgus dion; Pyrgus insolatrix; Pyrgus occidentalis; Syrichtus lycurgus; Syrichtus varus; Urbanus skinneri

Wikipedia Abstract

The White Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus albescens) is a species of skipper (family Hesperiidae). It is found on low altitudes in southern California, southern Arizona, southern New Mexico, west and south Texas, Florida and Mexico. A rare stray to southwest Utah and central Texas.The wingspan is 25–38 mm. Adults are on wing year round in most of its range.The larva probably feed on several plants in the Malvaceae family, including Sphaeralcea, Abutilon and Callirhoe.
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Wing Span [1]  1.0 inches (.026 m)

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Badlands National Park II 178535 South Dakota, United States
Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve 90 Michigan, United States
Carlsbad Caverns National Park II 15448 New Mexico, United States
Western Michigan University's Asylum Lake Preserve 274 Michigan, United States

Prey / Diet

Abutilon theophrasti (buttonweed)[2]
Alcea rosea (hollyhock)[2]
Althaea officinalis (common marsh-mallow)[2]
Anthemis cotula (stinking chamomile)[3]
Callirhoe leiocarpa (tall poppymallow)[2]
Chenopodium album (lambsquarters goosefoot)[2]
Eremalche rotundifolia (desert fivespot)[2]
Eupatorium serotinum (late boneset)[3]
Heliotropium curassavicum (salt heliotrope)[3]
Hibiscus trionum (rosemallow)[2]
Malva cathayensis (high mallow)[2]
Malva moschata (musk mallow)[2]
Malva neglecta (roundleaf mallow)[2]
Malva nicaeensis (bull mallow)[2]
Malva parviflora (cheeseweed mallow)[2]
Malva pusilla[3]
Malva sylvestris (High mallow)[3]
Malvastrum coromandelianum (threelobe false mallow)[2]
Malvella leprosa (alkali mallow)[2]
Modiola caroliniana (Carolina bristlemallow)[2]
Monardella villosa (coyote mint)[3]
Sida abutilifolia (prostrate sida)[2]
Sida acuta (common wireweed)[3]
Sida lindheimeri (showy fanpetals)[2]
Sida rhombifolia (arrowleaf sida)[2]
Sida spinosa (prickly sida)[2]
Sidalcea cusickii (Cusick's checkerbloom)[2]
Sidalcea glaucescens (waxy checkerbloom)[2]
Sidalcea malviflora (dwarf checkerbloom)[2]
Sidalcea neomexicana (New Mexico checkermallow)[2]
Sidalcea oregana (Oregon checkermallow)[2]
Sphaeralcea ambigua (desert globemallow)[2]
Sphaeralcea coccinea (scarlet globemallow)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Acanthis flammea (Common Redpoll)1
Cardinalis cardinalis (Northern Cardinal)1
Celotes nessus (common streaky-skipper)1
Chaetodipus penicillatus (desert pocket mouse)1
Hyphantria cunea (fall webworm)1
Microtus pennsylvanicus (meadow vole)1
Odocoileus virginianus (white-tailed deer)1
Passer domesticus (House Sparrow)2
Pholisora catullus (Common sootywing skipper)1
Pyrgus scriptura (small checkered-skipper)2
Sciurus carolinensis (eastern gray squirrel)1
Strymon melinus (cotton square borer)1
Tamias striatus (eastern chipmunk)1
Zenaida macroura (Mourning Dove)1
Zonotrichia albicollis (White-throated Sparrow)1


Proctacanthus milbertii[4]


Western Michigan University’s Asylum Lake;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Butterflies of Canada, Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
2HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
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