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White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the White Checkered-Skipper

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White Checkered-Skippers are visual twins to their relative, the Common Checkered-Skipper.

Updated: 07/16/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The White Checkered-Skipper cannot be differentiated from the Common Checkered-Skipper by eyes alone. For this reason, their photos are found in both skippers' image galleries. Females are mostly black and white, while males have a blue body that also colors the inner wings. White Checkered-Skippers are more likely to be found in the southeastern U.S. states than Common Checkered-Skippers, but both are still present in that region.

This is a butterfly that is able to live in all sorts of habitats and this adaptability allows it to have a large range that spans most of the continent. Adults drink flower nectar. Caterpillars feed on mallows, a type of plants that includes rose mallow, hollyhock, and hibiscus. Velvetleaf and blooming maple or Chinese lantern (abutilon) are also food hosts. Two broods or more can be produced, especially in warmer, southern parts of its range.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Hesperidae
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          Genus: Pyrgus
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            Species: albescens
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Pyrgus albescens
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 25mm to 39mm (0.98" to 1.53")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; white; blue; brown
Descriptors: black; white; blue body; blue hairs; blue head; brown; checkers; white fringe; flying

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 25mm (1.0in) and 39mm (1.5in)
Lo: 25mm
Md: 32mm
Hi: 39mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the White Checkered-Skipper may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the White Checkered-Skipper. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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