Here is a Common Checkered Skipper that I saw last year. One of the most common skippers, they can be found along roadsides, agricultural fields, and in desert washes throughout most of North America in various regions and elevations. The host plants are mallows, mostly Globemallows.
Here are some photos from a recent walk in the high desert on the Colorado Plateau. There is so much color out there, it is very impressive! The wildflowers are (clockwise): Tidytip, Potts Prickly Pear, Globemallow, and Phlox.
More summer walking photos…
Summer blooms are beginning to happen. These are from the high desert, south of Grand Canyon.