Chlosyne harrisii

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Harris's Checkerspot
Harris's Checkerspot.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Chlosyne
Species: C. harrisii
Binomial name
Chlosyne harrisii
(Scudder, 1864)[1]

Harris's Checkerspot (Chlosyne harrisii) is a member of the Nymphalidae family that is found in North America. They range from the Atlantic provinces, excluding Newfoundland and Labrador, to Manitoba and North Dakota south to West Virginia and Ohio.[1] They can often be seen in bogs, meadows and almost anywhere else its host plant occurs.[2] The typical elevations for this species range from 0–1742 feet.[3]


The adult is often confused with another member of the same genus, the Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis).[4] The adult's wingspan is 3.6–5.1 cm. The upperside of the wing is orange with black markings. The underside of the wing has a single red-orange stripe and a reddish orange, white and black marked pattern on the rest of the hindwing.

Life cycle[edit]

There is one flight which occurs between June to July. The caterpillar of this species feeds on the Flat-topped white aster (Aster umbellatus) while adults feed on flower nectar. The female lays eggs in a cluster formation under the leaves of its host plants.[1] The caterpillar overwinters during its 3rd instar.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Species Detail - BMONA". Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Harris'". Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Chlosyne harrisii (Harris's Checkerspot)". Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  4. ^ "Species Chlosyne harrisii-Harris's Checkerspot-BugGuide". Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  5. ^ "Harris's Checkerspot". Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  • Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman (2003). Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-618-15312-8.