Silvery Checkerspot or Pearl Crescent???

imabirdnutOctober 6, 2012

I compared my picture with pictures of both butterflies on Dallas Lep Society site & still not sure which one it is!??? (I thought I got a clear picture but my camera focused on the background) It was nectaring on a native wildflower that volunteered in one of my Butterfly garden beds. Not sure what it is either??? It is less than 6 inches tall & the flowers are less than an inch in diameter! Any ideas about the flower ID as well???

Thanks,

Lila

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lepalot

I'm not sure what the flower is but the butterfly is a Pearl Crescent.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 7:50AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

The flower might be some type of verbesina, but whatever it is, it's very beautiful!

And the butterfly is definitely a pearl crescent - don't you love those markings?

Sherry

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 9:06AM
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susanlynne48(OKC7a)

May be Dahlberg Daisy, Dyssodia tenuiloba, of which there are several variations, including texana.

Susan

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:34AM
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imabirdnut

Thanks everyone for your responses!
I think the plant is Thymophylla pentachaeta var. pentachaeta...Small Dogweed! The reason I couldn't find it on the wildflower.org site is I kept searching it as an annual...& dogweed is listed as a perennial! It is the only plant that fits the size & look of this little nectar plant that volunteered in my BF garden!
Thanks again,
Lila

Here is a link that might be useful: Small Dogweed

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 1:41PM
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