Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
This small skipper is marked by 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 in places with “disturbed” vegetation. You may see a male aggressively patrolling his territory, or a 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. This is one of the most common skippers, and is a delight to see in your own backyard garden.