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.
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.