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Subfamily Pyrginae - Spread-wing Skippers

butterfly - Pyrgus oileus - male Common Checkered Skipper - Pyrgus communis Erynnis tristis - female Erynnis juvenalis - male Erynnis - male Erynnis funeralis - male butterfly, white, different black marks - Heliopetes ericetorum Duskywing (probable 3rd species, McKittrick Canyon- 03/16/2017 - Erynnis telemachus
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Hesperiidae (Skippers)
Subfamily Pyrginae (Spread-wing Skippers)
Other Common Names
Flats
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
The former subfamily Pyrrhopyginae (the Firetips) has been shown by recent DNA studies, as long suspected by some authors, to not be separable from the subfamily Pyrginae, and is now included under this subfamily as the tribe Pyrrhopygini.
Explanation of Names
"Spread-wing" and "Flats" both refer to the way the wings of most species are held out flat to the sides when the insects are not flying.
Range
World-wide
Food
Assorted dicots in many families, but with Malvaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Fagaceae, and Fabaceae perhaps most important.