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Common or White Checkered Skipper

Unknown Butterfly - Pyrgus Checkered Skipper - Pyrgus Common checkered-skipper - Pyrgus Arizona Butterfly - Pyrgus - male Checkered Skipper? - Pyrgus - male Pyrgus communis - Pyrgus Common or White Checkered Skipper with Red Appendages - Pyrgus Pyrgus
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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 Pyrgus (Checkered-Skippers)
No Taxon Common or White Checkered Skipper
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.