1 3/8 - 1 7/8 inches.
Harris' Checkerspot (rare)
Gorgone Checkerspot (rare)
Northern Crescent (very rare)
Wet woodlands, gardens, roadsides and adjacent damp areas.
Uncommon to common
in the mountains and foothills. Rare in most of the piedmont and SC.
Adults fly from May until early September in three broods with gaps between
Larval Host Plants:
Wingstem Verbesina alternifolia, sunflowers Helianthus
including Thinleaved Sunflower Helianthus decapetalus, Pale-leaved
Sunflower H. strumosus and Jerusalem Artichoke H. tuberosus
This is the region's most common larger checkerspot and the only one found
in the foothills and piedmont. In the northern mountains the rare and
single-brooded Gorgone Checkerspot and
Harris' Checkerspot (Virginias
only) might occur along with it.
The top and center photos were taken on the Durham Butterfly
Count in Orange Co., NC on August 17, 2002. The second rollover photo
was taken in the Green Bottoms Wildlife Management Area in Cabell Co.,
WV on August 27, 2002. The bottom photo was taken in Bedford Co., VA on
July 13, 2002.
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