Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Hoffmann's Checkerspot
Chlosyne hoffmanni (Behr, 1863)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Wing bases are dark. Upperside of forewing with median and postmedian bands combined into one wide tawny band. Underside hindwing spots are cream-colored, not pearly.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 3/4 inches (3.5 - 4.5 cm).
Life History: Males patrol near the host plants for females. Eggs are laid in groups on the underside of host plant leaves, which the caterpillars eat. Young caterpillars feed together in silk webs. Partially-grown caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: One flight from June-July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various asters.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Forest edges and openings.
Range: British Columbia south through the mountains to Tulare County, California, in the Sierra Nevada.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL