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The Gorgone Checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone), Cooper Furnace day use area trail, N of the Etowah River, Bartow Co., Georgia, April 23, 2010. Photo by James K. Adams, all rights reserved.
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The Gorgone Checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone) is a small orange butterfly with black markings.  The upperside pattern is recognizable once learned, but the easiest way to distinguish this butterfly from other species is by the underside of the hindwing.  The ground color of the underside of the hindwing of the Gorgone Checkerspot is a whitish gray with significant dark banding, whereas the Pearl Crescent is light yellowish orange.

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The most common species with which this species could be confused is the Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), with which it is sympatric across the entire range of the Gorgone Checkerspot in Georgia. They are easily distinguished by the underside of the hindwing  The Checkerspot probably does not occur together with the Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon), which occurs along the immediate southern coastal plain in Georgia.  The Phaon Crescent is smaller than either of the other species listed here, and also has a yellow band across the wing that the other two species do not have.



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James K. Adams

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