to Doug Dawn--unidentified butterfly

Michael Gochfeld gochfeld at
Thu May 11 08:56:27 EDT 2000

Common Checkered Skipper could certainly be in the Philadelphia area at 
this time of year (although some say that it shouldn't arrive until July 
because it is not supposed to be resident this far north). 

It's larval hosts include a variety of species in the Malvaceae 
including Common Mallow, Hollyhock, etc.  John Yrizarry reported that it 
can use Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasi) in southern NY. 

In New Brunswick NJ, We have a persistent colony of Checkered Skipper in 
an area where NONE of these reported hosts have been identified.  The 
colony has persisted for six years.  MIKE GOCHFELD

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