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Species Euphydryas phaeton - Baltimore Checkerspot - Hodges#4516

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Subfamily Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, Anglewings, etc.)
Tribe Melitaeini
Genus Euphydryas (Checkerspots)
Species phaeton (Baltimore Checkerspot - Hodges#4516)
Hodges Number
4516
Habitat
Damp meadows with grass, sedges, and turtlehead.
Food
The primary larval food source is turtlehead (Chelone glabra), although recent studies have shown that the caterpillars will eat a larger variety of plant species including English plantain (Plantago lanceolata), and Swamp Betony - Pedicularis lanceolata.
Life Cycle
overwinter as half grown larvae
Nest on Turtlehead with young larvae; young larvae in/on a nest; nest on Plantain; older larvae on Plantain; chrysalis; adult