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3 Species ID Suggestions

SILVERY CHECKERSPOT
Chlosyne nycteis


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9 Comments

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Scientific name: Phyciodes graphica is missing!

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Nice, you believe me ;-)... Thanks and please, update the ID.

mari54sa
mari54sa 7 years ago

Thank you bayucca! I do believe you because when I was first trying to identify it that is what I came up with. When discussing it with my professor he asked me to re-identify and that is why I posted the picture here for help. Thank you again, and I do believe you:)

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

In Chlosyne nycteis the 3rd spot on the hindwing (from the body side) has always a little white spot. The rest is very similar to Graphica:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/egofreed/45...
If you look very carefully you will see in Tharos that the second row (from the apex with spots from top of the margin) is broader than in this shot above. The for Graphica typical 3 triangles in about the middle of the forewing is not found in Tharos. I added a bulk of links to compare and I hope you believe ME ;-)... These crescents are besides the skippers a nightmare to ID...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/...
Probably the best fitting shots to compare:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/annetoal/25...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/annetoal/26...
Other ones:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim_mccullo...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tdavenport/...
http://butterfliesofamerica.com/imagehtm...
Cowboy one:
http://butterfliesofamerica.com/imagehtm...
Look at the beautiful triangles:
http://butterfliesofamerica.com/imagehtm...
BAMONA:
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/speci...
Once in a lifetime of Graphica:
http://leps.thenalls.net/content2.php?re...
Twice in a lifetime of Graphica:
http://www.thedauphins.net/vessta_cresce...
Bicolored one:
http://www.carolinanature.com/butterflie...
Good old Bugguide:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/56478/bgim...
Enjoy and believe me ;-)...

ReynaldoRamirezJr
ReynaldoRamirezJr 7 years ago

Keith, I believe your right.

KeithRoragen
KeithRoragen 7 years ago

I agree this looks like a Pearl Crescent. It is much darker than typical, but it seems like the best fit. If you want to be sure, post it to BugGuide.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/6/bgimage

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 7 years ago

I'm no butterfly expert, but that's my guess. Bug Guide has this note for the Silvery Checkerspot: "Compared to similar species (such as Pearl Cresecnt), note large white spot/band in median of underside of hindwing, dark tip of and edge of upper forewing" (http://bugguide.net/node/view/429). Hope that helps. Beautiful spotting!

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 7 years ago

I think it's a crescent, genus Phyciodes.

mari54sa
mari54sa 7 years ago

Thank you for your help. In further analyzing the pictures I found of a Silvery Checkerspot and where they are usually found, I believe my butterfly is not a Silvery Checkerspot.

mari54sa
Spotted by
mari54sa

Brownsville, Texas, USA

Lat: 26.07, Long: -97.47

Spotted on Mar 12, 2012
Submitted on Mar 31, 2012

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