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Pearl Crescent? - Chlosyne gorgone - female

Pearl Crescent? - Chlosyne gorgone - Female
Crow Valley Campground near Briggsdale, Weld County, Colorado, USA
July 29, 2016
Open woodlands/narrow riparian area thru shortgrass prairie

oops - forgot to move it

underside would really help on this one
Based on details of the pattern, I'm thinking it's a slightly aberrant Chlosyne gorgone; not extreme, but enough to make it look weird.

The antenna clubs don't look quite right, and I don't think all-orange clubs are normal for any Melitaeine species in that area.

The wing pattern seems to have the black reduced on the basal half of the wings. However, the black seems a bit more developed than average near the outer margins, where the pale marginal markings are reduced or missing. Neither condition is that unusual, but the combination of pale base and dark margins together look odd. The fact that the checkered fringe is mostly gone just adds to the effect. I've never seen, or at least never noticed one quite like this before. It's similar to, but not the same as the pattern in pale forms of Chlosyne harrisii.

I probably shouldn't throw this out there (might start speculation), but what the heck, it's fun to think about. I seriously doubt that such a thing is actually possible, but the effect makes it almost look like a Gorgone Checkerspot hybridized with a Pearl Crescent.

Moved from ID Request.

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