Euphydryas c. chalcedona - 'Chalcedon' Variable Checkerspot
The Variable or Chalcedon Checkerspot, Euphydryas chalcedona chalcedona. They vary quite a bit, as the name suggests; this one is typical. Malibu Creek, May 23, 2006.
Euphydryas c. chalcedona - 'Chalcedon' Variable Checkerspot
Variable Checkerspot, this one a tad darker. Also from Malibu Creek on May 23, 2006.
Euphydryas c. chalcedona - 'Chalcedon' Variable Checkerspot
Variable Checkerspots can be abundant in our mountains, as they were this day at Mystic Canyon in the San Gabriels, May 28, 2006.
Euphydryas c. chalcedona - 'Chalcedon' Variable Checkerspot
This Variable Checkerspot is even darker than those above. Sunset Peak, San Gabriel Mtns, May 11, 2007.
Euphydryas c. chalcedona - 'Chalcedon' Variable Checkerspot
The ventral of Euphydryas chalcedona chalcedona. Malibu Creek, May 23, 2006.
Euphydryas c. chalcedona - 'Chalcedon' Variable Checkerspot
Another ventral of Euphydryas chalcedona chalcedona. West Fork, San Gabriels, June 2, 2006.
Euphydryas c. chalcedona - 'Chalcedon' Variable Checkerspot
Darker still! This Variable Checkerspot is a rare melanic aberration. Rincon OHV Road, San Gabriels, June 9, 2007.
Euphydryas c. chalcedona - 'Chalcedon' Variable Checkerspot
This is the ventral of the same melanic individual above.
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The larva of the Variable Checkerspot from the San Gabriels on Keckiella. They are on common Monkey Flower often as well. Mt Baldy trail, April 14, 2007.

©Dennis Walker