White Checkered Skipper
Butterfly, Pyrgus albescens
White Checkered Skipper Butterfly
nearly identical to the Common Checkered Skipper P. Communis
they differ only in genitalia and range. The Common Checkered
Skipper Butterfly is found in Northern California.
Larva of the White Checkered Skipper Butterfly feeds
on plants in the Mallow family (Malvaceae). They especially like
plants of the Malacothamnus
Some of their favorites are Malacothamnus
Palmeri, they also like species of the Genus Sphaeralcea.
if you would like to attract this cute little butterfly to your
garden just plant some of our colorful California
Native mallows. Most
mallows are extremely drought tolerant. The most drought tolerant
probably being the showy orange species from the desert, Desert
above). These mallows should not be confused with the annual
species seen along road sides. These are not aggressive or weedy,
and like most natives cannot tolerate weeds in their midst.
all Skippers, the White Checkered Skipper butterfly has
a typical folded wing position when at rest. Instead of just
moving up and down the wings actually fold up like a fan or more
appropriately like a paper airplane.