Grizzled skippers

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Grizzled skippers
Pyrgus malvae1.jpg
Grizzled skipper (Pyrgus malvae )
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Tribe: Pyrgini
Genus: Pyrgus
Hübner, [1819]

See text.

  • Urbanus Hübner, [1806] (suppressed)
  • Scelotrix Rambur, 1858
  • Bremeria Tutt, 1906
  • Teleomorpha Warren, 1926
  • Hemiteleomorapha Warren, 1926
  • Ateleomorpha Warren, 1926

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.

Genus Pyrgus mating in Madrid, Spain.

Examples of Pyrgus species:

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