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Pyrgus communis

COMMON CHECKERED SKIPPER

Florida native

 

The range of this butterfly includes most of the United States except upper New England, the northern mountains of Mexico and central and western Canada. Probably not a permenant resident north of the 40th parallel due to the inability to withstand very cold winters. In flight February though October in the deep south and March through Septermber in the north.
Host plants include several plants in the Malvaceae family. Adults feed on the nectar of white-flowered composites including sheperd's needles, fleabane, beggar's ticks, knapweed and red clover.
Common checkered skippers are nearly identical to the paler white checkered skippers (P. albescens) both of which are found in Florida.

 
Pyrgus communis is a member of the Hesperiidae - Skippers family.
 

Butterflies through Binoculars

   Jeffrey Glassberg; Marc C. Minno; John V. Calhoun
 A field, finding and gardening guide to the butterflies of Florida

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Butterflies through Binoculars
Butterfly enthusiasts, nature lovers, and curious general readers will perhaps be surprised to learn that Florida's butterfly fauna is unique--and that, until the appearance of this volume, there has been no adequate field guide for the butterflies of this region. This guide simplifies identification by illustrating only species found in Florida--using superb photographs of live butterflies coupled with detailed range maps and identification data. It also offers, with unprecedented detail, much information on flight times and abundances for each of five Florida subregions, including reports on 70 localities in which to find butterflies. Lastly, discussions of the foodplants for each species along with suggestions for attracting these species to one's garden make this work invaluable for all Florida gardeners interested in butterflies.


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