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Species Pyrgus oileus - Tropical Checkered-Skipper - Hodges#3968

Tropical Checkered-Skipper - Pyrgus oileus - female Tropical Checkered-Skipper - Pyrgus oileus - female Tropical Checkered-Skipper - Pyrgus oileus skipper - Pyrgus oileus - male Butterfly by the Ogeechee River - Pyrgus oileus Tropical Checkered-Skipper - Pyrgus oileus - male Tropical Checkered-Skipper - Pyrgus oileus - female UnknownButterfly10 - Pyrgus oileus
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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)
Species oileus (Tropical Checkered-Skipper - Hodges#3968)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Cuadriculada de Plutón
Wingspan 3.2-3.8cm (1¼-1½in)
Above, "white spot just beyond cell-end white bar present and enlarged" and the forewing dark towards the apex (not checkered all the way to the tip) distinguishes this from Common/White Checkered Skippers where they overlap. (1)

Below, checkered pattern on wings is blurred.

Male forewing has a mat of long blue-gray hairs; hindwing of both sexes has marginal and submarginal bands made up of equal-sized spots. Underside of hindwing is pale, often with a strong brown overlay; not much contrast between bands and ground color. (
Southern, mostly coastal plain of southeastern states and west to southern Arizona, southward to Argentina.
Open and disturbed areas such as pastures, brushy fields, wooded trails, thorn-scrub, and roadsides (1)(2)
Yearlong in South Florida, Spring/Summer in the Northern part of its range (1)
Larva feed on plants of the Mallow family (1), including axocatzin (Sida rhombifolia), mallow (Malva), hollyhock (Althaea rosea), velvet-leaf (Abutilon), and malva loca (Malvastrum) (2)
Adults nectar at Sidas and small flowered composites such as Shepherd's needles (2)
See Also

These two species are distinguished by the fringe checkered all the way to the wing apex. (3)
Print References
Photo and range information in Arnett (4)
Great diagnostic info in Glassberg (1)
Internet References
Photos of pinned specimens at Dallas Butterflies
Images from NABA
Species account from