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    Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly - (Chlosyne nycteis)

    The fast flying Silvery Checkerspot is a cheery summertime visitor with a preference for sunflowers.

    Staff Writer (8/11/2014): The medium-sized Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly has common orange/black/white coloration seen in many Crescent butterflies. As a Checkerspot, however, a row of small black and white checkers dot the edges of its orange wings. This Brush-footed Butterfly has a short pair of front legs and longer back legs. This sometimes causes the butterfly to stand with its head lower than the abdomen when resting, which gives the appearance of only 4 legs instead of 6.

    Silvery Checkerspots are usually found on their larval food plant, the Black-eyed Susan. They rest with their wings closed up, showing a lighter coloration on the bottom of their wings. They fly quickly and usually in a straight path to their next resting place. Look for them at waist level as they tend to fly lower to the ground than other butterflies. Adults are very active from spring to autumn. They can be found in meadows, fields, nature trails, gardens and woodlands.

    The larval caterpillar is black with orange stripes across the body and purple and white spots along it. The body is covered with spiky spines. They can be found eating the leaves of Black-eyed Susans (their favorite) as well as asters, daisies and goldenrods. Usually one generation is produced each year, but in warmer climates, two or three generations are possible.

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    Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly
    Scientific Name: Chlosyne nycteis

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Nymphalidae
           Genus: Chlosyne
            Species: nycteis

    Size (Adult, Length): 35mm to 48mm (1.38in to 1.89in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, black, white

    Additional Descriptors: flying, sunflower

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan;

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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