Common Checkered-Skipper Butterfly (Pyrgus communis)
This small skipper has a blue or black body and white and brown bands on the wings. The Common Checkered is not easy to identify because it closely resembles other skippers. Nevertheless, you can enjoy seeing this butterfly in sunny meadows and places with “disturbed” vegetation.
You may see a male aggressively patrolling his territory or female drinking from her favorite flower. The females lay eggs singly on the host plant, where the caterpillars will feed, nest, and hibernate in folded leaves. The Common Checkered is one of the most common skippers and is a delight to see in your backyard garden.