Pyrgus albescens - White Checkered-Skipper
This Pyrgus albescens, or White Checkered-Skipper, was resting on a dandylion flower on my front lawn just as rain was beginning to fall. I was shocked to see it at home: I'd never seen one of these anywhere I've lived, just out in rural areas. April 26, 2015.
Pyrgus albescens - White Checkered-Skipper
A male White Checkered Skipper, Chandler Preserve, Palos Verdes in L.A. County, March 19, 2008.
Pyrgus albescens - White Checkered-Skipper
A female White Checkered Skipper at Laguna Meadows, July 24, 2011. Their white areas are a bit diminished compared to the males.
Pyrgus albescens - White Checkered-Skipper
A female Pyrgus albescens on a hilltop above El Capitan State Beach in Santa Barbara Co., August 30, 2011.
Pyrgus albescens - White Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus albescens female ovipositing on host mallows, same day as above...
Pyrgus albescens - White Checkered-Skipper
... and an egg from the ovipositing female.
Pyrgus albescens - White Checkered-Skipper
Ventral view. From Satwiwa Cultural Center in the Santa Monica Mountains, Oct. 31, 2005.

©Dennis Walker