True Brushfoot Butterflies


Euphydryas phaeton

Picture taken June 28, 2007

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Superclass Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Subclass Pterygota (Winged Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies)
Family Nymphalidae (Brushfooted Butterflies)
Subfamily Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, Anglewings, etc.)
Genus Euphydryas
Species phaeton (Baltimore Checkerspot)

Picture taken June 28, 2007

Wing span: 1 3/4 - 2 3/4 inches (4.5 - 7 cm).

Larvae feed on turtlehead (Chelone glabra), hairy beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus), English plantain (Plantago lanceolata), and false foxglove (Aureolaria).

Eggs are laid in groups of 100-700 under host plant leaves.

Habitat: Wet meadows, bogs, and marshes in the northeast part of the range; dry open or wooded hillsides in the southwest.

This was the only sighting of this particular butterfly in Crex Meadows during 2007.

June 10, 2008 brought an encounter with a beautiful caterpiller along Main Dike Road. The closest match I could find via bug guide and other net sources is the Baltimore. This may or may not hold up over time, but it seems to be a visual match.

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