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which Butterfly ? - Chlosyne hoffmanni

which Butterfly ? - Chlosyne hoffmanni
silver lake, Amador County, California, USA
July 5, 2008
Size: about 1 "
This little orange butterfly is so busy frolicking amongst the flowers and bushes of the forest . Finally he landed , but continued flapping his wings which made it difficult to get a good photo ... persistence pays off . Thanks for any help in the name of this pretty Butterfly , sincerely Beth

Moved from Butterflies.

Hi Again Beth, when you get a
Hi Again Beth, when you get a chance, you can move this to the Chlosyne genus, or you can move it to species level, and leave it to others to argue for or against. Thanks, Nina

Thanks for the i.d. Nina
Thanks Nina for the great information , but I have no clue how to move it to a species page ??? I leave that to the experts , thanks again Beth

Actually, only you and the ed
Actually, only you and the editors can move photos. Editors are volunteers, and they rely on those who submit photos to the community to help our peers with making a reasonable effort to ID items, and to keep the system tidy by taking care of moving images when we're pretty sure of where they are supposed to go. John and Jane B. suggested I take a spin through the top level of leps (I'm without a camera right now, so I have them time), as well as to look at some of the Tortricidae, and micro moths to see if I could assist them in clearing out some of the photos from that area, or at least comment on them to allow the owner of the photo to get some feedback.

If you're uncertain about ID to species level, but certain of the genus, then one typically moves it to the genus level to wait and see if a specialist in that area can give a definitive ID.

Items left in at the top level, i.e. where yours is, are less likely to be seen by someone who is a sub-specialist (like someone who specializes just in Checkerspots, or someone who specializes just in silk moths) and might be able to give you the most reliable direction on an item that has you or others stumped.

Here are step by step instructions on how to move the photos, and how to link photos of the same specimen, which I adapted from the BG help files.

First, tag all the images that you want to move to a particular spot. (you tag an image by clicking on the blue "tag" link below your photo, or if you have multiple linked photos, you will select "tag all", which appears above the photo). The photos will then appear to the left of the page to remind you what's been tagged.

Then browse to the desired spot and you should see a "move tagged images" link. In your case, this is the "images" section of Chlosyne.

When you get to that page, you will see a new piece of blue text on that page, which says "move tagged images". Click on it, and your photos will be put in that section.

If you still need help, I can pass a message to one of the editors to see if they can help you move them.

wow, what a catch
You appear to have a photo of Hoffmann's Checkerspot (Chlosyne hoffmanni). It has a VERY restricted range in California, Oregon and Washington --it's native to coniferous forrests, mostly in the Cascades--East of that is a different species (northern).(Kaufman & Brock, p. 186)

Also, I did look up your location on Google maps, with the topography indicating you are up in the mountainous region that would be correct for this species.

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