Chlosyne leanira

Chlosyne leanira
Chlosyne leanira
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Chlosyne
Species: C. leanira
Binomial name
Chlosyne leanira
(C. & R. Felder, 1860)[1]
  • Melitaea leanira C. & R. Felder, 1860
  • Thessalia daviesi Wind, 1947
  • Melitaea cerrita Wright, 1905

The Leanira Checkerspot (Chlosyne leanira) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found from western Oregon south to California, Nevada, Utah and western Colorado, as well as Baja California.[2]

The wingspan is 35-45 mm. Adults feed on flower nectar.

The larvae feed on Castilleja species. They feed on the leaves and flowers of their host plant. Young larvae live together in a loose web. Third instar larvae hibernate.


  • Chlosyne leanira leanira
  • Chlosyne leanira oregonensis (Bauer, 1975) (Oregon)
  • Chlosyne leanira wrightii (Edwards, 1886) (California)
  • Chlosyne leanira cerrita Wright, 1905 (California)
  • Chlosyne leanira alma Strecker, [1878] (Utah, Arizona)
  • Chlosyne leanira austrima (Austin & Smith, 1998) (Baja California)
  • Chlosyne leanira elegans Preistaf & Emmel, 1998 (California)