Return to the Butterfly Garden Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Silvery Checkerspot or Pearl Crescent???

Posted by imabirdnut 7b North Texas (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 6, 12 at 23:58

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???

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Silvery Checkerspot or Pearl Crescent???

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

RE: Silvery Checkerspot or Pearl Crescent???

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?


RE: Silvery Checkerspot or Pearl Crescent???

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


RE: Silvery Checkerspot or Pearl Crescent???

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 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,

Here is a link that might be useful: Small Dogweed

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Butterfly Garden Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here