Common name: Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly
Scientific name: 
Euphydryas editha taylori  

Habitat:
Taylor's Checkerspot Butterflies are only found on Denman Island, British Columbia and found in some places in Oregon and Washington.

Diet:
They have been documented feeding on members of the figwort or snapdragon family, including paintbrush, as well as native and non-native plants in the plantain family. Adult butterflies eat the nectar from wild flowers.

Median Life Expectancy:
Up to 6 months

Biology:
Their wings are primarily orange with bands of white cells. The dorsal portion of the wings has a proportionate mix of black, orange and white. It is one of the smallest of the Edith Checkerspots.

Conservation Status:
Endangered | Previously thought to be extinct, scientists found a small population on Denman Island. The GVZoo is currently breeding and releasing this species.

Fun Fact:
Did you know that butterflies can often detect if it is going to rain and will keep cover under leaves for hours!?