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Superficially similar to the other checkered skippers; Smaller and fewer white markings than the Common Checkered Skipper (P. communis). Similar to the rare Small Checkered Skipper (P. scriptura), but the ranges do not overlap: scriptura is known only from the Milk River valley of extreme southern Alberta. P. ruralis is most likely to be confused with the Grizzled Skipper (P. centaureae) in the Mountains. To separate these two, look at the upperside hindwing spots: P. ruralis has two rows of sharply outlined white spots, while centaureae has poorly defined, smudged white spots. P. ruralis is also slightly smaller, and is usually restricted to low-elevation, dry montane habitats.

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