Hi-res images of mounted specimens from the SCV collection: male, female, female underside (verso), and several shots of assorted mounted specimens.
The first image shows a male which emerged in the lab on 4-26-2006. The remaining images show an adult nectaring on flowers near the Bear Divide ranger station in the San Gabriel mountains of southern California.
These butterflies were collected as a larva on Monkeyflower host in Newhall, CA. on 4-8-2005. The first 4 pictures show a freshly emerged male on 5-03-2005. On 5-4-2005, 4 more adults emerged. Pictured in the last 3 images are a male, a female, and the underside of the same female.
Top row: Melanic Chalcedon Checkerspots; bottom row Melanic Chalcedon Checkerspots (small images only) by Jim Brock
The images below are of the Variable (Chalcedon) Checkerspot. As the name suggests, they vary widely in color and pattern. The first two images were shot on Chimney Peak Rd. in Kern Co., CA. on 5-4-2005. Note the heavy white coloring in the second photo. The remaining images were shot in the Kern River Valley on 5-5-2005 and show a variety of Variable Checkerspots nectaring, resting, taking moisture from wet sand, and even mating.
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