Common Checkered Skipper

Burnsius communis (Grote, 1872)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Common breeding resident/stray. Overwintering status depends on the severity of the winter

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Found from southern Canada south to Argentina. This species is found statewide in Nebraska

Broods/Flight Times: Adults have been found from mid-April into mid-November

Larval Hostplant(s): Mallows, predominately purple poppy mallow (Callirhoe involucrata)

Habitat: Common/abundant in a wide variety of habitats

Found at:

Overwintering: Full grown larvae overwinter but probably not in our area

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Common Checkered Skipper, Gilbert Baker WMA, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Common Checkered Skipper – female, dorsal
Common Checkered Skipper – male, dorsal

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