Species Page: Anicia Checkerspot (Euphydryas anicia)

Anicia Checkerspot

Euphydryas anicia bernadetta Leussler, 1920

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Occasional to locally common resident.

NENHP Rank: S3, Tier 2

Range: One subspecies or another is found through most of the western United States and southern Canada. In Nebraska it is restricted to the northwest corner of the state.

Larval Hostplant(s): In Nebraska eggs are laid and early instars feed on Wyoming Kitten-tails (Besseya wyomingensis). If that plant becomes unavailable larvae wander and feed on a variety of other plants.

Broods/Flight Times: One spring flight. They have been found from May 24 – June 22 in Nebraska.

Overwintering: As partially grown caterpillars.

Habitat: It inhabits grassy partially wooded slopes where its primary host plant is found.

Avg. Wingspan: 1.5 – 2 inches

Found at: Gilbert-Baker SWMA

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Notes: Subspecies bernadetta was named in 1920 by R. A. Leussler (of Omaha) from specimens taken in Monroe Canyon (now Gilbert-Baker SWMA).