Definition of checkerspot in English:


Line breaks: checker|spot
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɛkəspɒt/


  • A North American butterfly that resembles a fritillary, with pale markings on the wings that typically form a chequered pattern.
    • Euphydryas and other genera, subfamily Melitaeinae, family Nymphalidae
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    • Our biologists are working with Mexican and American partners now to recover the light-footed clapper rail, the Quino checkerspot butterfly, the ocelot, and many other species.
    • The acquisitions will add to the adjacent conservation areas and are essential to recovery of the Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino).
    • Residential and commercial development, invasive non-native plants, and air pollution threaten the survival of the bay checkerspot butterfly.

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