Photo taken at Mesquite Wash, e. Maricopa Co., Arizona. 24 September 2006.
Nymphalidae -- Brush-footed Butterfly Family
Most likely to be seen at damp spots in washes or at seeps in late summer or
early fall in the northern and western regions of the Sonoran Desert. Further
south it is replaced by the similar looking Chlosyne lacinia which
usually lacks the bright submarginal spots on the hindwing and has a
narrower band across the wings. The caterpillars use a variety of plants
belonging to the sunflower family (Asteraceae).
This checkerspot was sunning on a boulder in the Estrella Mountain Wilderness, Maricopa Co., Arizona. March 2009.
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Michael J. Plagens, page created 6 Oct. 2006,
updated 8 July 2021.