White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)

checkeredskipperJune2013

host plants include many species of mallows (Malvaceae); in my yard that would likely be Sida spp.

Special thanks to @AndyBugGuy for the correct identification:

“I’d call this skipper Pyrgus albescens. It’s not oileus, and communis not seen in FL since 1998”

Learn: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Pyrgus-albescens

My take: http://osceolaflgardenblahblahblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/blur-of-butterfly-missed-opportunity.html

Dorsal view:

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