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Illinois River Rd, Josephine Co, April 23


Burnsius communis

Size: Up to 1 inch wingspan

Key ID features: Above, very dark brown, with gray shading basally on FW, boldly checked fringes and numerous bright white patches (longer than on Two-Banded). Overall lighter than Two-Banded due to more white patches. Below large white patches, with jagged brown bands, edged in darker brown.

Similar species: Two-Banded Checkered Skipper is darker, has fewer white spots above and less white below.

Host plant: Various species in the mallow family.

Habitat: Found in a wide variety of habitats, both disturbed and undisturbed. 

Range:  All of Oregon except the far NW corner.

Season: Mid-April to mid-September

Abundance: Common 


Conservation Status: Secure 

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