Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1123425

Anicia Checkerspot
Euphydryas anicia

Observation date: June 17, 2017
Submitted by: fotohiker
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: None.
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: August 06, 2017
Coordinator notes: This is one of the Variable Checkerspot butterflies in Colorado. The common name would be the "Carmentis Checkerspot" (scientific name is Euphydryas anicia carmentis). Pagosa Springs is the "type locality" - that is, where it was first found. It is found only in southwestern Colorado and is most typical only in the Pagosa area. Did you know that Rev. Bernard Rotger, a co-author of "Butterflies of Colorado" (F. Martin Brown along with another co-editor, J. Donald Eff - published in 1957) was assigned/in charge of Catholic Parish's in Pagosa Springs and in the town of San Luis (southern San Luis Valley) between about 1935 and sometime in the 1960's? He made many discoveries during that time in southwestern Colorado and provided much of our early knowledge about the butterflies found there. Very nice photograph. I think one of the best submitted for Colorado yet this year. Mike
Checklist region(s): Archuleta County, United States, Colorado