Two-banded Checkered-Skipper or Mountain Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus ruralis or Pyrgus xanthus

Pyrgus xanthus
Because this specimen is so worn, it's hard to tell for sure which species this is.  It is one or the other. I found it in the
 mountains above American Fork on the Tibble Fork dirt road in Utah County.  © Carol Davis, 6-1-2012


mountain checkered-skipper
Both of these species have a large "X" formed on their wings by the white spots. You can see the "X"
if you tilt your head slightly to the right and look at the upper wing.  Also, both species are found in the
mountains but I think the Two-banded is more prevalent in Northern Utah. 
© Carol Davis, 6-1-2012

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