Because of the checkerspot’s sensitivity to changes in its habitat, it is considered a keystone species — an environmental indicator for the health of the entire ecosystem. The Taylor’s checkerspot is the darkest subspecies of the Edith’s checkerspot and has a wingspan of less than six centimetres. Adults emerge in April and May, when they mate and lay clusters of as many as 1,200 eggs. The larvae that emerge pause their development in mid-June to early July and hibernate through the winter.
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