Size: Up to 1.75 inch wingspan
Key ID features: Highly variable. Male above, bands of orange and sometimes yellow-orange, separated by black lines, crescents and checks. Female often darker than male above. Below bands of off-white and brick red with black veins and edges. Often on HW below, submarginal red band has yellowish centers in red spots.
Similar species: Sagebrush Checkerspot pure white rather than off-white below. Hoffman's Checkerspot darker basally on HW above.
Host plant: Not well-documented, but likely species in the aster family.
Habitat: Sage desert, pinyon-juniper savanna, washes, gulches, canyons and brushy flats.
Range: Meadows, roadsides, streambanks, clearings.
Season: Late March to early August
Conservation Status: Secure