Gorgone Checkerspot

Chlosyne gorgone (Hubner, [1810])

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Statewide resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: This species occupies a large swath across central North America from central Alberta south to eastern Texas and east to Wisconsin and Georgia. It is found statewide in Nebraska.

Larval Hostplant(s): Mainly sunflowers but coneflowers and ragweed are also utilized

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple broods from late April into October. Most numerous in the spring.

Habitat: Prairies and weedy areas as well as urban environments

Found at:

Overwintering: Reportedly as partially grown larvae but April records might suggest as pupae as well

Similar Species: Silvery Checkerspot and Pearl Crescent. Arrowhead shaped markings on the ventral hindwing of the gorgone are identifying characteristics


Gorgone Checkerspot, Photo by Matthew Brust
Gorgone Checkerspot – dorsal
Gorgone Checkerspot – ventral (note notched white “arrowhead” markings

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