Harris' Checkerspot

Chlosyne harrisii

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.

Sightings Chart

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.


TaxonomyHarris 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