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This butterfly does not have nearly enough black on it to fit the checkerspot photos in my fieldguide. I wonder if it is a Variable Checkerspot again? No red at all on this one though! Any help on this one? Photo 3 does show the underside of the wing but I am not sure what an "editha" line looks like: " a black line that runs through the mid-wing row of red spots on the underside of the hind wing".
Subalpine meadows on Blackwall Peak, Manning Park, BC. roadside thistles. Altitude around 1900 m. Northern Cascade mountain range. Habitat for this species shows all of the south half of BC including Vancouver island and says meadows in the mountains, flies June to August. So this fits the location for the spotting.
Thanks bayucca for the help with this ID! I have added 4 more photos which have a glimpse of the underside of the wings. There are no good photos of the underside. The main drawback of this ID is the contrast in light and dark markings on my spotting is much greater than any shown in the Hydaspe fritillary photos. Will further update and change as I get more input!!
Spotted on Jul 28, 2015
Submitted on Aug 5, 2015
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