Here is a Common Checkered Skipper that I saw last year. One of the most common skippers, they can be found along roadsides, agricultural fields, and in desert washes throughout most of North America in various regions and elevations. The host plants are mallows, mostly Globemallows.


Common Buckeyes are found across the southern United States and in much of Mexico. They have unique forewings, each having two orange bars and two large black eyespots. The caterpillar is dark olive green with white and orange markings. The host and nectar plants can include toadflax, petunia, and penstemon. Here is a Common Buckeye… Read More BUCKEYE


Great Spangled Fritillaries are common and conspicuous, found in the northern and central U.S. and southern Canada. They are seen in meadow and field areas. These fritillary are large with prominent silver spots on underside of hindwing. They feed milkweeds and thistle. The caterpillars eat the leaves of violets.


Meadow Fritillaries are a common butterfly in mid and northern parts of the U.S. and very southern Canada. They are found in, you guessed it, meadows or in fields or along streamsides. I saw this Meadow Fritillary in a field in northern Minnesota.