Gorgone Checkerspot Chlosyne gorgone

Much less common than the Silvery Checkerspot. Biggest brood is usually in the spring. We find ours locally near the Bell bluestem fields. These use Helianthus, sunflowers, for a foodplant. Always look smaller to me than the Silvery but Checkerspots are very size variable. Note that double row of dots out there on the far forewing. The Silvery generally has only one row. Sometimes these guys are locally abundant when you hit a fine patch of them.

Gorgone love break. Shows the exterior wing patterns. Much more angled and dark than the Silvery.

Fresh Gorgone exterior showing the heavier marking and extra "zagginess" of this species.

Exterior of the hindwing. And a large eye from Petit Jean in spring.