Silvery Checkerspot

Place name abbreviations: MPEA - Middle Patuxent Environment Area; PRSP - Patuxent River State Park; PVSP - Patapsco River Valley State Park.

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Common name [Link is to BAMONA] (wingspan range in inches) Occurrence level & flight period.
Habitat. Typically visits (for nectaring). Larval host plants.




Silvery Checkerspot (1.4–2") Rare: E-Jun to Aug Wood trails along rivers Sunflower Wingstem & wild sunflower
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June 26, 2009
Long Corner (PVSP)
Robert Schaefer

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Three still shots taken from a video by Robert Schaefer at his home

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September 15, 2012
Carroll Mill Road
Dick Smith

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June 4, 2014
David Force NRA
Linda Hunt

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June 16, 2016
David Force NRA
Linda Hunt

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September 15, 2012
Howard Chapel Road
Tom Feild

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Female
July 23, 2013
Elkhorn Garden Plots
Annette Allor

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Female
July 21, 2013
Centennial Park
Kathy Litzinger

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September 15, 2012
Carroll Mill Road
Dick Smith

Carroll Mill Road photos are of a small worn female. The underside shot shows the features needed to distinguish Silvery from a Pearl Crescent. The light-colored submarginal band is very wide. In addition, always look also for a white center in at least one of the black marginal spots. Usually the white center is visible in the spots on the upperside too. All Silvery Checkerspots have a white center in one of the underside hindwing spots. Pearl Crescents never have this, upperside or underside.

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Caterpillar
May 13, 2014
Near Benson Branch Park
Grazina McClure