Variable Checkerspot

Euphydryas anicia
True Brushfoots

Appearance: Above, essentially black with red, orange and/or white spots; eyes brown, usually with luminous antenna clubs. Abdomen usually with white dots. Below, the hindwing has 3 bands of cream or white separated by orange bands.

Size: Small; 1 1/8 to 2 3/16 inches

Habitat: Many open habitats from stream courses to sagebrush hills, canyons and alpine tundra

Season: May to July

Larval Foodplant: Indian paintbrush, penstemons and snowberry

Did You Know…
This species is extremely variable (thus the name) both geographically and within populations. Males hilltop.

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