Need help with butterfly id

Mark Walker MWalker at
Wed Mar 12 12:04:33 EST 2003

Well, I think your first is in fact Thorybes bathyllus (Southern
Cloudywing).  This is based on the arrangement and size of spots.  I think
you got the second one right - Calaphelis mutica (Swamp Metalmark).  Very
nice.  The third is also correct - Chlosyne nycteis (Silvery Checkerspot) -
though the hindwing is lacking much of the normal black scaling (kinda makes
it look like harrisii, but the underside is a giveaway).  The Silvery
Checkerspot looks phenotypically distinct on both sides from those I've
collected further east.  Anyone?


Mark Walker.


-----Original Message-----
From: Donna A. Brunet [mailto:dbrunet at] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2003 7:22 AM
To: Leps-L Messages (E-mail)
Subject: Need help with butterfly id


I have 4 photographs from last summer that I feel a bit shaky on my id.
Possibly because I'm wrong; possibly because if I'm right the butterfly in
the photo is the first one I've ever seen (other than a specimen in the
entomology museum at the University of Missouri).

The photos are at

All photographs were taken June 7 and August 15, 2002 in Missouri.
My tentative identifications are a Confused Cloudywing (Thorybes confusis),
Swamp Metalmark (Calephelis muticum), and Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne

Thanks for any help.


Donna A. Brunet
Columbia, Missouri
dbrunet at 

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