Possible Silver Butterfly?
Location:  Grandville, MI
August 23, 2010 1:46 pm
Spotted this while in the garden the other day.

Common Checkered Skipper

Dear PH,
This is one of the Checkered Skippers in the genus
Pyrgus, and we believe it is the Common Checkered Skipper, Pyrgus communis, based on images posted to BugGuide.  BugGuide also indicates:  “Where the ranges overlap (i.e. central California, southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and the southeastern states), White Checkered-Skipper female is indistinguishable, and male is positively identifiable only with the specimen in hand (by extending the penis and verifying the species under a lense).

Thank you for your timely and informative response!
Paul Henson

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