Small butterfly, black and white as shown. Perched on trail through shortgrass prairie habitat with Gambel's Oak thickets and scattered mixed conifers. Map location estimated.
May be White Checkered-Skipper....my information says only dissection can distinguish between Common and White
Today was the day of butterflies! The rain held off for most of the day, so we took advantage of it. :) And with the power of iNaturalist, I observed lots of things besides the target taxa. :)
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park was mighty neat.
This was a somewhat frustrating part of our trip... I've heard so many good things about Sabal Palm Sanctuary that I really wanted to get down there... Alas, it's not too much fun when it's dumping lots of rain and the camera fogs up a bunch. Bummer! We'll have to return another time. Meanwhile, we did still manage to see some neat critters. :)
Spotted while wife was in "Heirloom Elegance" quilt shop.
A number of individuals flying low and landing/nectaring on puncture vine (Tribulus terrestris).
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 Skipper' or 'Chequered Skipper' is applied to some species. Strictly speaking, 'chequered skippers' applies to butterflies of the genus Carterocephalus.