The Common Checkered-Skipper butterfly is so closely related to the White Checkered-Skipper that it cannot be distinguished. The white and black checkered pattern makes this a simple identification. Males tend to have larger white spots than females and have bluish hairs near the body, but the patterns are virtually identical. The lower side has a white and brown checkered pattern.


Common Checkered-Skipper” by Kenneth Cole Schneider, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Common Checkered-Skipper Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Pyrginae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 – 1 1/2 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Open, sunny places with low vegetation and some bare soil including prairies, meadows, fields, roadsides, landfills, yards, gardens, pastures, openings, and trails in woods


Common Checkered-Skipper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Various plants in the Mallow (Malvaceae) family
    • Hollyhock
    • Globemallows
    • Mallows
    • Poppy Mallows
    • Crested Anoda
    • Velvetleaf Mallow
    • High Mallow
    • Prickly Mallow

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Shepherd’s Needle
    • Fleabane
    • Asters
    • Red Clover
    • Knapweed
    • Beggar’s Tick
    • Mistflower
    • Prickly Mallow
    • Wingstem
    • Globe Amaranth