Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Chlosyne ehrenbergii, Mexico ©
Chlosyne comprises of about 26 species,
and is largely Central American in distribution, although there are
several species including californica,
nycteis which are found only in North America.
Chlosyne species have a Fritillary /
Checkerspot type of pattern on both wing surfaces, but
ehrenbergii is black on both wing
surfaces, marked with radiating creamy lines, which are more
prominent on the underside of the wings.
is endemic to Mexico.
This species is
found mainly in scrubby situations, including along roadsides.
The eggs are pale
yellow in colour, and laid in batches of up to 200, on the underside
of leaves of the foodplant, Buddleia (
is very unusual in that the females are highly gregarious,
clustering together in groups of a dozen or more on
Buddleia bushes. Often as many as 4 or
5 females can be found simultaneously ovipositing on a single leaf.
Both sexes nectar
at a wide variety of wild flowers, favouring daisies and other