Tropical Checkered Skipper
Pyrgus oileus [Linnaeus]
Family: Hesperiidae


Pete Williams, August 30, 2007


Pete Williams, August 30, 2007

Identification Butterflies and Moths of North America, a website hosted by Montana State University. The upperside is dark brown with pale markings; the male forewing has a mat of long blue-gray hairs. The hindwing of both sexes has marginal and submarginal bands made up of equal-sized spots. The underside of hindwing is pale, often with a strong brown overlay; not much contrast between bands and ground color. Males perch and patrol for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on the uppersides of host plant leaves. Its preferred habitat is sunny areas including pastures, brushy fields, wooded trails, thorn-scrub, and roadsides. The caterpillars feed and live in the shelter of webbed leaves, usually those in the mallow family.

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