Pyrgus

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Pyrgus is a genus in the skippers butterfly family, Hesperiidae, known as the grizzled skippers. The name "grizzled skipper" best describes this genus, but in some countries the name "checkered" or "chequered skipper" is applied to some species. Strictly speaking, "chequered skippers" applies to butterflies of the genus Carterocephalus. They occur in the Holarctic with an additional group of species extending to the Neotropic.

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Pyrgus: Brief Summary

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Pyrgus is a genus in the skippers butterfly family, Hesperiidae, known as the grizzled skippers. The name "grizzled skipper" best describes this genus, but in some countries the name "checkered" or "chequered skipper" is applied to some species. Strictly speaking, "chequered skippers" applies to butterflies of the genus Carterocephalus. They occur in the Holarctic with an additional group of species extending to the Neotropic.

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Examples of Pyrgus species:

Pyrgus aladaghensis De Prins & Poorten, 1995 – Aladagh skipper Pyrgus albescens Plötz, 1884 – white checkered skipper Pyrgus alpinus Erschoff, 1874) Pyrgus alveus (Hübner, 1803) – large grizzled skipper Pyrgus armoricanus (Oberthür, 1910) – Oberthür's grizzled skipper Pyrgus andromedae (Wallengren, 1853) – Alpine grizzled skipper Pyrgus barrosi Ureta, 1956 Chile Pyrgus bellieri (Oberthür, 1910) – Foulquier's grizzled skipper Pyrgus bocchoris (Hewitson, 1874) Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina Pyrgus bolkariensis (Mabille, 1875) Pyrgus bieti (Oberthür, 1886) West China, Tibet Pyrgus cacaliae (Rambur, 1839) – dusky grizzled skipper Pyrgus carlinae (Rambur, 1839) – carline skipper Pyrgus carthami (Hübner, [1813]) – safflower skipper Pyrgus cashmirensis (Erschoff, 1874) Pyrgus centaureae (Rambur, 1839) – (northern) grizzled skipper or alpine checkered skipper Pyrgus cinarae (Rambur, 1839) – sandy grizzled skipper Pyrgus cirsii (Rambur, 1839) – cinquefoil skipper Pyrgus chapmani (Warren, 1926) Sayan Mountains, Siberia Pyrgus communis (Grote, 1872) – common checkered skipper Pyrgus darwazicus Grum-Grshimailo, 1890 Pyrgus fides Hayward, 1940 Argentina, Chile, Peru Pyrgus jupei (Alberti, 1967) - Caucasian skipper Pyrgus limbata (Erschoff, 1876) Peru, Bolivia Pyrgus maculatus (Bremer & Grey, 1853) South Siberia (Altai, Ussuri), West China, Japan Pyrgus malvae (Linnaeus, 1758) – grizzled skipper Pyrgus malvoides (Elwes & Edwards, 1898) – southern grizzled skipper Pyrgus melotis (Duponchel, (1834)) - Aegean skipper Pyrgus notatus (Blanchard, 1852) Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Chile Pyrgus oberthueri (Leech, 1891) West China, Tibet (often spelled "oberthuri" in error) Pyrgus oileus (Linnaeus, 1767) – tropical checkered skipper Pyrgus onopordi (Rambur, 1839) – rosy grizzled skipper Pyrgus orcus (Stoll, 1780) Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Guyana, Surinam, Brazil(Mato Grosso, Pará), Martinique, Trinidad, Cuba. Pyrgus philetas WH Edwards, 1881 – desert checkered skipper Pyrgus ruralis (Boisduval, 1852) – two-banded checkered skipper Pyrgus scriptura (Boisduval, 1852) – small checkered skipper Pyrgus serratulae (Rambur, 1839) – olive skipper Pyrgus sibirica (Reverdin, 1911) Altai, Sayan (Siberia) Pyrgus sidae (Esper, 1784) – yellow-banded skipper Pyrgus speyeri (Staudinger, 1887) Pyrgus trebevicensis Warren, 1926 Pyrgus veturius Plötz, 1884 Pyrgus warrenensis (Verity, 1928) – Warren's skipper Pyrgus xanthus Edwards, 1878 – mountain checkered skipper South Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona
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