Chlosyne nycteis

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Silvery checkerspot
Silvery Checkerspot, Megan McCarty116.jpg
Dorsal view

Secure (NatureServe)[1]
Scientific classification
C. nycteis
Binomial name
Chlosyne nycteis
(Doubleday, 1847)
  • Chlosyne nycteis drusius (Edwards, 1884)
  • Chlosyne nycteis reversa (F. & R. Chermock, 1940)
  • Melitaea nycteis
  • Charidryas harrisii

Chlosyne nycteis, the silvery checkerspot, is a species of Nymphalinae butterfly that occurs in North America. It is listed as a species of special concern and believed extirpated in the US state of Connecticut.[2]



The dorsal view is pale yellow orange with dark borders and markings. The hindwing has white-centered submarginal spots on both sides, dorsal and ventral. The hindwing is pale and has a white crescent at the margin.


The caterpillar is almost all black with dusted white spots. Sometimes, it has a yellow-orange stripe or two smaller stripes along the side. The family Nymphalidae is known for its branched spines.

Range and habitat[edit]

Their range consist of southern Canada south to Georgia and Texas, but does not occur in the Gulf Coastal Plain. Silvery checkerspots enjoy moist areas such as streamsides. They can also be seen in meadows and forest openings.


In the northern portion of its habitat, one brood hatches between June and July; for the remainder of its range, two broods occur from May to September. Three broods have been reported in the deep southern part of Texas. Females lay eggs in batches which can be up to 100 individuals. Early instar caterpillars stay in groups as they skeletonize leaves while the third instar hibernates.

Larval foods[edit]

Larval foods are various Asters, including Actinomeris alternifolia, Helianthus and Rudbeckia.[3]

Adult foods[edit]

Adult foods include from nectar from Red clover, Common milkweed and Dogbane.[4]


  1. ^ "NatureServe Explorer 2.0 Chlosyne nycteis Silvery Checkerspot". Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Connecticut's Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Species 2015". State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Bureau of Natural Resources. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
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