Friday, July 8, 2011

Silvery Checkerspot

During our recent Cannon Bike Trail ride, Erika and I discovered a pair of Silvery Checkerspots.  They flew low and perched on the ground.  The species is common across most of the eastern United States. Silvery Checkerspots are attracted to composite flowers and their caterpillars can skeletonize the leaves of their host plants.  Adults also visit variety of flowers, including clovers, dandelions, milkweed, and Canada Thistle (Marrone 2002).

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