variable checkerspot butterfly

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Chalcedon Checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas chalcedona), also called Variable Checkerspot.­

For more information about this butterfly species, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Variable_­Checkerspot.

Photo taken during a 3-day trek on the Pine Ridge trail to the Sykes Hot Springs in the Vantana Wilderness, near Big Sur (California)

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Pine Ridge Trail
Coast Ridge Rd, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA