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Common or White Checkered Skipper

Butterfly - Pyrgus - female Butterfly - Pyrgus - female Common or White Checkered Skipper - Pyrgus Either Tropical or White Checkered-Skipper?  Help please! - Pyrgus butterfly - Pyrgus Checkered Skipper? - Pyrgus - male Common/White Checkered-Skipper? - Pyrgus Pyrgus communis - Pyrgus
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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)
Tribe Pyrgini
Genus Pyrgus (Checkered-Skippers)
No Taxon Common or White Checkered Skipper
Remarks
Images in this section have been identified as either the Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis) or the White Checkered Skipper (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.