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Common or White Checkered Skipper

moth? on an allium - Burnsius butterfly or moth on orange marigold variety - Burnsius Pyrgus Communis (Common Checkered Skipper)? - Burnsius Roadside skipper? - Burnsius Pyrgus albescens? - Burnsius checkered-skipper - Burnsius Common or White Checkered Skipper with Red Appendages - Burnsius Butterfly ID? - Burnsius - male
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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)
Tribe Pyrgini
Genus Burnsius (New World Checkered-Skippers)
No Taxon Common or White Checkered Skipper
Images in this section have been identified as either the Common Checkered Skipper (Burnsius/Pyrgus communis) or the White Checkered Skipper (Burnsius/Pyrgus albescens). The former is widespread but is apparently absent from southern California and southern Texas. The latter occurs in southern California and Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and southern Texas; occasionally strays to southwestern Utah and central Texas; has also been recorded in Florida and is apparently spreading in the east. There are confirmed records of Pyrgus albescens in western Tennessee. Where their ranges overlap, these species are indistinguishable except by examining genitalia of males.
Note. These two species were formerly listed under Pyrgus, but have been moved into the recently erected genus Burnsius. See discussion of taxonomy changes to Pyrgini on BugGuide: