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Butterflies of Indiana

Harris' Checkerspot (Chlosyne harrisii)
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Harris' Checkerspot (Chlosyne harrisii [Scudder])

Wing span: 1 7/16 - 2 inches (3.6 - 5.1 cm).

Identification: Upperside is orange with black markings. Underside of hindwing has a red-orange stripe at the margin and a red-orange, white, and black checkered pattern on remainder of wing.

Life history: Females lay eggs in clusters under host plant leaves. Caterpillars feed on leaves communally in a web. Partially-grown caterpillars hibernate at the base of the host plant.

Flight: One brood from June-July.

Caterpillar hosts: Flat-topped white aster (Aster umbellatus).

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Moist areas such as marshes, bog edges, pastures, and meadows.

Range: Maritime Provinces west to Manitoba, south to West Virginia, southern Ohio, and northeastern Illinois.

Conservation: Not usually required.

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Management needs: None reported.

References:


Opler, P. A. and G. O. Krizek. 1984. Butterflies east of the Great Plains. Johns 

     Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. 294 pages, 54 color plates.



Opler, P. A. and V. Malikul. 1992. A field guide to eastern butterflies. Peterson 

     field guide #4. Houghton-Mifflin Co., Boston. 396 pages, 48 color plates.



Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press, 

     Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates.

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

State and Regional References:


Opler, P.A. 1998. A field guide to eastern butterflies, revised format.

     Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.



Shull, E.M.  1987.  The Butterflies of Indiana.  Indiana Academy of Science.

     Indiana Univ. Press.  Bloomington & Indianapolis, IN.  262 pp.

Harris' Checkerspot (Chlosyne harrisii)
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