Pyrgus orcus (Stoll, 1780)

Common Name:
Orcus Checkered Skipper

Papilio orcus (Stoll, 1780)

Natural History:

A species common in open areas and grasslands, occurring during the whole year.

Brasil: Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Pará; Costa Rica; Cuba; Ecuador; Guyana; Perú; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela
Occurence Period:

Throughout the whole year

Feeding Adult:

On nectar of small, usually yellow or white flowers and of shrubs.

Feeding Caterpillars:

To  Pyrgus spp. are recorded several species of plants  Malvaceae (Beccaloni et al. 2008).

white, grey
forest edge, anthropogenic
Beccaloni G.W, Viloria A.L., Hall S.K., Robinson G.S. (2008):
Catalogue of the hostplants of the Neotropical butterflies. Book., London, S.E.A., Ribes, CYTED, Natural History Museum, IVIC: 1-536
Pyrgus orcus resting on leaf

Resting on a leaf in the sun

Photo: Anselmo D'Áffonseca

Pyrgus orcus dorsal

From dorsal

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Manaus, Amazonas.