Pyrgus communis or albescens (Checkered Skipper).
 
 
 
Size: approx. 30 mm. Photo: 08/21/11, 6 pm.


When I took this photo, this fickle flyer looked like a moth to me. However, it is a Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis or albescens). The two species are nearly indistinguishable. In the US, P. communis is a permenant resident south of the 40th parallel. Adults feed on the nectar of white-flowered composites (Asteraceae). 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/566425
wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrgus_communis
Wild Florida Photo:
http://wildflphoto.com/species.php?k=a&id=64


Pyrgus oileus (Tropical Checkered Skipper).
 
 
 
Photo: 08/07/12, noon.


This Tropical Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus oileus) is quite similar to the Checkered Skippers P. communis and albescens (see above). However, it has a blurred wing pattern and a white spot just beyond the cell-end. Also, the white bar is present and enlarged. See the second link for a side by side comparison. 
 
 
bug guide (this photo):
http://bugguide.net/node/view/686329
LepWorld:
http://www.lepworld.com/butterflies/tropical_CWcheckerdcompare.html