Silvery Checkerspot

Chlosyne nycteis
True Brushfoots

Appearance: Larger than Pearl Crescent. Above, yellow-orange with wide black margins. The black submarginal spots inward of the margin are usually surrounded by orange. Beneath the hindwing is brownish with a white median band and a pronounced brown smudge at lower corner of wing containing white spots and crescents.

Size: Medium; 1 3/8 to 2 inches

Habitat: Along stream edges in open country and moist woodland openings. Males perch and patrol all day in open areas.

Season: Along stream edges in open country and moist woodland openings. Males perch and patrol all day in open areas.

Larval Foodplant: Many different composites including Goldenglow (Rudbeckia) and possibly other members in the sunflower family

Did You Know…
Females lay eggs in batches of about 100 on the underside of host plant leaves. Young caterpillars move in groups as they skeletonize leaves. Partially-grown caterpillars hibernate. Checkerspots are larger than the similar crescents. The common name “silvery” refers to the silvery white coloration at the base of the hindwing which is not easily seen.

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