Chlosyne whitneyi

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Chlosyne whitneyi
Chlosyne whitneyi.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Chlosyne
Species: C. whitneyi
Binomial name
Chlosyne whitneyi
(Behr, 1863)[1]
  • Melitaea whitneyi Behr, 1863
  • Melitaea damoetas Skinner, 1902
  • Chlosyne whitneyi malcolmi Comstock, 1926

Chlosyne whitneyi, the rockslide checkerspot or Sierra Nevada checkerspot, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in western North America from British Columbia and Alberta south, in the mountains, to California and Colorado.[2]


The wingspan is 32-41 mm. Adults are on wing from July to August in one generation per year.[3]

The larvae feed on various species in the sunflower family including Erigeron and Solidago species. They feed gregariously on the leaves and flowers of their host plant.

Third- and fourth-instar larvae hibernate under rocks.


  • Chlosyne whitneyi whitneyi
  • Chlosyne whitneyi damoetas (Skinner, 1902)
  • Chlosyne whitneyi malcolmi Comstock, 1926


  1. ^ "Chlosyne Butler, 1870" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Butterflies and Moths of North America
  3. ^ Butterflies of Montana

External links[edit]

Media related to Chlosyne whitneyi at Wikimedia Commons