Wing span: 1 7/16 - 2 inches (3.6 - 5.1 cm).
Caterpillar hosts: Flat-topped white aster (Aster umbellatus).
Females lay eggs in clusters under host plant leaves. Caterpillars feed on leaves communally in a web.
Habitat: Moist areas such as marshes, bog edges, pastures, and meadows.
Click image to see it flipped over for easier viewing
Picture taken June 12, 2007
With the wings open, the Harris' Checkerspot looks much like the other Checkerspots found in Crex Meadows.
A view of the under-side of the wings will allow a positive identification, most notably the row of crescent
moon markings on the hind-wing fall along the whole of the hindwing, where on the Silvery
Checkerspot, this row is broken for two moon spots above the 3/4 moon spot.
Picture to the left and below taken June 2012.
These two pictures are of the same butterfly. I included the picture below because it shows the
upper wings and how the crescents are very similar from above.
Colored squares along the x-axis indicate weeks none of this species were seen. Example May 1 - 31 show several visits over the years with no sightings of the Harris' Checkerspot.
Chart Accuracy Self Rating:
High. Estimate 90% of Harris Checkerspot sightings identified. Numbers displayed are 100% correct, however there are potential sightings that could not be verified via photo.
|Taxonomy||Harris Checkerspot -||Chlosyne harrisii ||Hodges#4491|
|Kingdom: ||Animalia|| Animals |
|Phylum: ||Arthropoda ||Arthropods|
|Superclass: ||Hexapoda ||Hexapods|
|Class: ||Insecta ||Insects |
|Subclass: ||Pterygota|| Winged Insects |
| Order: ||Lepidoptera|| Butterflies and Moths |
| Superfamily:|| Papilionoidea |
| Family:|| Nymphalidae || Brushfooted|
| Subfamily:|| Nymphalinae || Checkerspot|
| Tribe: || Melitaeini |
| Subtribe:|| Chlosynina |
| Genus:|| Chlosyne |
| Specie:|| harrisii|