17 August 2007

What butterfly is this?

I'm not sure which kind of butterfly this is, but what great colors! Another milkweed fan..


Anonymous said...

I do believe it is a Gorgone Checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone), but I could be wrong. I've never been lucky enough to witness one.
Great photo, Leigh!

Tina said...

Sorry about the above anonymous and possibly incorrect post.
I had another look at your butterfly, and it's more likely to be a Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis).

Leigh said...

Tina, Thanks so much for the identification help. I think you are right -- I looked at both pictures (in Lori Spencer's "Arkansas Butterflies and Moths) till my eyes nearly crossed it was so close. Silvery Checkerspot it is then!

Tina said...

Once again, glad I could help, Leigh. You get such a diverse range of butterflies compared to what we get north of the border, and it is my pleasure to help you identify them. Keep 'em coming!