Pyrgus philetas

Pyrgus philetas
Pyrgus philetas
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Pyrgus
Species: P. philetas
Binomial name
Pyrgus philetas
Edwards, 1881
  • Pyrgus philletas Díaz, 1991 (missp.)
  • Hesperia philetas Dyar, 1903

The Desert Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus philetas) is a species of skipper (family Hesperiidae). It is found from southern Arizona east to southern Texas, south to southern Mexico. Strays are found north to northern Arizona and northern Texas.

The wingspan wingspan is 25–29 mm. There are two to three generations, from February to December in Texas and from April to October in Arizona.

The larva feed on several plants in the Malvaceae family, including Malvastrum and Sida. Adults feed on flower nectar.

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