Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Gabb's Checkerspot
Chlosyne gabbii (Behr, 1863)


Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Upperside is checkered with bright orange-brown and black; median band is slightly lighter. Light bands ae slightly narrower than those of Chlosyne acastus. Female is lighter than the male. Underside of hindwing has pearly white spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 3/4 inches (3.2 - 4.5 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid on underside of host plant leaves. Caterpillars eat leaves and are gregarious when young. Hibernation is by third-stage caterpillars.
Flight: One flight from May-July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Hazardia (Haplopappus squarrosus) and beach aster (Corethrogyne filaginifolia) in the sunflower family (Asteraceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Foothills, canyons, coastal cliffs and gulches.
Range: California Coast Ranges Nevada foothills, Monterey County south to Baja California.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
Management Needs: None reported.
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