Small Checkered Skipper

Pyrgus scriptura (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Rare western resident, probably extirpated

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Found from western North Dakota and Montana south into Mexico and Arizona. In Nebraska it has been found in Sioux and Scotts Bluff Counties.

Broods/Flight Times: Two to three flights to the west, flying from March to mid-May, again in late June to mid-July and lastly from mid-August into October.

Larval Hostplant(s): Sida species, Red False Mallow (Sphaeralcia coccinea) and other Malvaceae

Habitat: It should be searched for in wastelands, alkali areas and shortgrass prairies in association with its hostplants.

Found at:

Overwintering: As a full-grown caterpillar

Similar Species: Common Checkered Skipper

Notes: There is a specimen in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln collection labeled Hat Creek Valley ( Sioux County), 29 June 1911, R. H. Wolcott. Leussler (1938) cites the same date and county but lists the locality as Prairie Dog Creek.

Common Name, Location, Photographer
Small Checkered Skipper – female, dorsal
Small Checkered Skipper – female, ventral

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