1-1 3/8" (25-35 mm). Checkered above; dark, especially toward FW tip and margin; bluish-gray hair over body and much of wings gives gray appearance above. Below, FW similar to upperside but paler; HW cream-colored to warm tan with rows of dark brown
and dark gray spots outlined in black; spotting lacks olive or green.
Common Checkered Skipper usually more black above, olive below.
Egg pale. Caterpillar greenish with black head and light stripes below. Chrysalis also green but yellower on abdomen, covered with minute white hair. Host plants
are mallows (Sida, Malva, Abutilon) and hollyhock (Althaea).
Overlapping broods; year-round.
Wherever mallows grow.
E. Texas and Arkansas through Deep South to S. Florida; also throughout Caribbean islands and Latin America.
In North America, the common Tropical Checkered-skipper hugs the Gulf. Also called P. syrichtus.