Pyrgus communis

Pyrgus communis, the common checkered-skipper, is a species of butterfly in the family Hesperiidae.[1] It is known as the frequently seen Pyrginae species in the northern United States by collectors and watchers alike.[2]

Common checkered-skipper
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Pyrgus
P. communis
Binomial name
Pyrgus communis
Grote (1872)
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The common checkered-skipper has a wingspan of 19 to 32 mm. It gets its name from the checkerboard pattern on its wings; the male tends to have broader bands than the female. The body tends to be blue-gray with the small amount of "fuzz" which is seen in all skippers.


This butterfly flies in gardens, parks, fields, roadsides, riverbanks, lowlands and foothills throughout southern Canada and almost the entire expanse of the United States. It has also been seen in Mexico.

Life cycleEdit

The eggs are small and round, about 0.5 mm in diameter, and are a pale-green color. They are usually laid singly on tender parts of their host plant. The caterpillar has a black head and greenish-tan body. It has a dark line along its back and tends to be paler on the sides.

In southern regions this species will fly all year with multiple broods. In the north it will have two broods and fly late into the fall.

Larval foodsEdit



  1. ^ "Species Pyrgus communis - Common Checkered Skipper". Retrieved 29 September 2009.
  2. ^ Kaufman, Kenn; Eaton, Eric R. (2006). Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company. pp. 236–237. ISBN 978-0-618-15310-7.