TROPICAL CHECKERED-SKIPPER

Pyrgus oileus

Found primarily in the counties of the southern half of Alabama and Mississippi.  Upper surface with black and white checkered pattern.  Females are darker than males and males sometimes have blue hairs.  Lower surface of wings are whitish with darker bands and spots.  Very similar to Common Checkered-Skipper but can be distinguished by having the dark checks at the tips of the front wings merged together and by the presence of larger white dorsal marginal hindwing spots.  Ventral surface of hind wing has three dark blotches along leading edge.  Similar species: Common Checkered-Skipper

Adult female - dorsal

Adult male - dorsal

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Adult - ventral


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Adult male - dorsal

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Adult - ventral

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