Status:  uncertain; early records of this species (C. palla) may have been what most authorities today call C. gabbii

Flights:  ?

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  no recent records

Habitats:  oak woods, mtn. meadows, foothills, chaparral

Host plants: asters, goldenrod

Adult foodyellow composites

Conservation: not required


  1.   in coastal CA, fem. black with yellow spot pattern, or sim. to male

  2.   male above red-orange with black markings, median band paler; fem. esp. variable


Northern checkerspot Chlosyne palla

Life history facts

egg: laid in groups on underside of host plant leaves

larva: feeds on leaves; feed together when young, sometimes in a silk web; hibernate when partially grown


adult:  males patrol near host plants or perch in valleys for females

Yuba Pass, Sierra Co.