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Variable Checkerspot

Euphydryas chalcedona

Description:

These butterflies will vary on the colored spots. This one was dark colored wings with white spots. Some of the spots on the upper wing were reddish orange on the border and few on the wing. There is red border across both tops of the wings. The head, antennae and legs are the same reddish color.

Habitat:

The description I read on line differs from where I spotted these. Spotted in small canyon green along side a creek.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Chalcedon Checkerspot
Euphydryas chalcedona chalcedona Chalcedon Checkerspot - Euphydryas chalcedona - BugGuide.Net


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1 Comment

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

What a lovely butterfly! Please, confirm the ID! This is definitely genus Euphydryas, but the subspecies E. chalcedona chalcedona is very tentative. I would like a second opinion on this one.
Here is another link. The level of orange in your individual seems to fit between the link in the suggestion and the link below:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/569420

Jellis
Spotted by
Jellis

Alameda, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 12, 2013
Submitted on Apr 12, 2013

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