Definition of checkerspot in US English:

checkerspot

noun

  • A North American butterfly with pale markings on the wings that typically form a checkered pattern.

    Euphydryas and other genera, subfamily Melitaeinae, family Nymphalidae: several species, in particular the Baltimore checkerspot (E. phaeton)

    • ‘Residential and commercial development, invasive non-native plants, and air pollution threaten the survival of the bay checkerspot butterfly.’
    • ‘The acquisitions will add to the adjacent conservation areas and are essential to recovery of the Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I believe they were mostly Harris's checkerspots and wood nymphs, or the like, but there were also the occasional monarchs, swallowtails, and mourning cloaks.’
    • ‘The Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly has a wingspan of approximately 2 inches.’

Pronunciation

checkerspot

/ˈCHekərˌspät/