Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)

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Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly

Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)

This intensely patterned orange and black butterfly is an interesting addition to a garden. It is very similar to the Pearl Crescent but has white spots along the margin on the hind wings. They enjoy moist, open areas. The males participate in puddling and patrolling for interested females throughout the day. Throughout the winter months, the caterpillars hibernate at the base of flowers until spring. These beauties are a great addition to butterfly gardens.

Family: Brush-footed Butterfly (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: True Brushfoot (Nymphalinae)

Average Wingspan: 1 3/8" - 2"

Habitat: Moist areas, fields, streams, meadows

Similar To: Pearl Crescent

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Silvery Checkerspot Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Open wing - Regina Edwards
Closed wing - Regina Edwards

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