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Grizzled Skipper
Pyrgus centaureae
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General Description

By Nora Bryan

The Grizzled Skipper can be found in the mountains and up into northern Alberta. Look for it in a wide variety of habitats including meadows and valley bottoms in the mountains and in forest clearings. It flies from mid-May to mid-July and later in the north.

This small cryptic butterfly is readily overlooked and easily mistaken for a moth. The wings are dark brown with many white patches. The trailing edge of the wings has a black and white fringe. The underside of the wings has a grayish brown and white checkering.

The caterpillars are undescribed and the food plant is reported to be Potentilla.

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