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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???
Thanks,
Lila


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RE: Silvery Checkerspot or Pearl Crescent???

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


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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?

Sherry


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RE: Silvery Checkerspot or Pearl Crescent???

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

Susan


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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 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


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