© 2018-19 by Neil Henning Björklund

Coburg Ridge, Lane Co, April 29

Common

Checkered

Skipper

Pyrgus 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