Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gorgon Checkerspot

Gorgon Checkerspot
 The gorgon checkerspot is a medium sized brushfoot butterfly found through out the mid United States and south Central Canada. They are usually found in dry fields and prairies. They usually have two broods in this area, one at the end of May to the beginning of June and the other at the end of July to the beginning of August. Further south in their range they can have 3 broods per year. This photo was taken at Crex Meadows in Wisconsin where this butterfly is listed as rare.
Sunflower
 The adult gorgon checkerspot feeds on nectar and seems to prefer yellow flowers when available. In the larval or caterpillar form they eat plants in the Asteraceae family including sunflowers.




11 comments:

Judy said...

I bet those photos are from your archives!! It won't reach freezing today, and I have heard that the (Canadian) Prairies are below -20C!! Good thing we have archives!!!
Love the sunflower!

lina@womens perspectives said...

Sunflower always looks beautiful.

HansHB said...

Great photos, lovely orange!

KaHolly said...

What a stunning butterfly!! Great shot.

lorik said...

You have captured the beautiful patterns of the butterfly so well. And what a lovely orange! Thank you for taking part in Mandarin Orange Monday:)

Liz said...

Beautiful captures! Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC
Liz @ YACB

✿ chica said...

LINDAS! beijos,chica

January said...

beautiful! :)

Maria @ LSS said...

Beautiful macros!

HoodPhoto said...

Gorgeous macro! You should stop by my blog on Friday and share it with us on Orange You Glad It's Friday, a meme celebrating the color orange. Thanks for sharing!

DeniseinVA said...

Two very lovely photos. Marvelous! Thank you for once again sharing your superb photos with Today's Flowers. I'm sorry I haven't been by before now but we have had family visiting and I have spent very little time on the computer. Have a great weekend!