Common Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus communis

Mostly an open field butterfly with its striking checkerboard layout. Looks small and white when flying over open fields and grassy areas. There is some confusion currently because of the two Checkered-Skipper species that look virtually identical (Common and White). In Arkansas the White would be a distinctly uncommon find and likely is present and uncommon. The Tropical Checkered is a vagrant this far north but does occur in late summer. This strongly marked Check is a male.

The fine exterior of this butterfly in a shot from Tom's yard. Love those brown tones in variegated perfection.

And one from Marion county from Rose on clover. A favorite open area food for this animal.