Checkerspot Anonymity

//Checkerspot Anonymity

Checkerspot Anonymity

These are checkerspot butterflies for sure. But when I originally posted the possibility of “Bay” checkerspot on the first photo (taken at Sibley), an astute commenter at Flickr corrected my ID: “Unfortunately that is not a Bay checkerspot butterfly.” Simple as that. Got it. Endangered, not likely.

If it had been a Bay checkerspot, it would have meant I’d discovered an entirely new population in that area, which would be a cool [if delusional] footnote to put on the resum√©.

I wasn’t able to positively narrow the identification on these two, and if you can, please feel free to e-mail me or post a note in the comments. For the time being, they are checkerspots without a home in butterfly taxonomy. That could be liberating, if you ask a checkerspot.

The scoop on checkerspots:

  • The Bay checkerspot is endangered, due largely land development and the resulting reduced habitat in the Bay Area
  • There are 27 species of checkerspots in North America (source: Encarta). Check out the Chalcedon checkerspot for comparison — another species found in the Bay Area.
  • Even within a species of checkerspot, there can be variability in coloration.
Checkerspot Butterfly

Checkerspot Butterfly in Oakland Hills - ©ingridtaylar

Checkerspot Butterfly

Checkerspot Butterfly in Oakland Hills - ©ingridtaylar

By | 2009-05-21T00:36:41+00:00 May 21st, 2009|Blog, Bug Nation, California|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Christina May 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I had a similar delusion this morning. Dr. Alan Launer IDed it as a Leanira checkerspot:
    http://butterfly.ucdavis.edu/category/1/1/39/55

  2. ingrid May 19, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, Christina. I appreciate the link.

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