The Gorgone Checkerspot is a small orange butterfly with black markings. The upper wing is orange with black markings and the striking pattern of the underside shows a zigzag pattern of brown and white bands.


Gorgone Checkerspot” by Aaron Brees, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US)


Gorgone Checkerspot Facts

Butterfly Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Nymphalinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 1 3/4 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Open areas including ridges, prairies, streamsides, open hardwood forests, old fields, and forest edges


Gorgone Checkerspot Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Various species in the Asteraceae family (ex. Sunflowers and Black-eyed Susans)

Nectar Plants:

  • Various species of yellow flowers