Quino Checkerspot Butterfly

Euphydryus editha quino

Once as widespread in Southern California and Northern Baja as its coastal sage scrub habitat, the Quino Checkerspot has suffered as coastal areas have been converted to farmland and urban development, and overrun by invasive plants. Climate change may also play a role in this butterfly’s decline. The reserve is one of only a few areas in Riverside and San Diego Counties where the Checkerspot still lives. It’s a federally listed Endangered Species.

Fun Fact:
A layer of thin scales creates the colorful patterns on butterfly wings.

What’s for Lunch:
Nectar for adults; leaves of Indian paintbrush for larvae

Where’s Home:
Coastal sage scrub, chaparral, riparian scrub