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Field and Swamp: Animals and Their Habitats

        

Checkerspots and Patches (Chlosyna genus)

Checkerspots, along with  LadiesCrescentsBuckeyes, and Anglewings, are  members of the "True" Brushfoot (Nymphalinae) sub-family and members of the Brushfoot (Nymphalidae) family.

Bordered Patch (Chlosyna lacinia)

   
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia), Riverside Nature Center, Kerrville, Kerr County, TX, 5/27/10    

Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyna nycteis)

Before 2005, there seemed to be just a local population at Eno River State Park, Old Cole Mill Road access.  But in August 2005, they popped up in a number of locations in Durham and Orange Counties, and in 2006 their numbers seem to be taking off.

Eno River State Park, Old Cole Mill Road access (Durham County), 8/31/04.  This was one of two Silvery Checkerspots that I saw this day. Dorsal view of same butterfly. Same location, 5/29/05. Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC, 8/24/05. Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 8/24/05. Johnston's Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC, 8/25/05.  This is a view from below.

 

Silvery Checkerspot, NC Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC, 4/29/06 Silvery Checkerspot,  Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC, 4/29/06 Silvery Checkerspot, Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC, 5/20/06 Silvery Checkerspot, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC, 7/9/06

© 2006 Dorothy E. Pugh