Common Checkered Skipper


Common Name: Common Checkered Skipper

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Hesperidae

The wing patternation of the common checkered skipper varies considerably. This specimen from San Francisco has blue-gray hairs on the thorax. This species represents the most common skipper in the United States. Males aggressively patrol their territory by darting around and investigate anything that enters its domain. Green eggs turn to a cream color just prior to hatching. Their caterpillars feed mainly on wild mallows and live in nests made of rolled leaves.