Upright Prairie Coneflowers and Common Checkered Skipper

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Ratibida columnifera, commonly known as Upright Prairie Coneflower or Mexican Hat, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family.


I photographed these flowers one morning this week in a park near my house.

My city is very good about seeding native wildflowers in parks and along roads.

I was very happy to see this lone butterfly on a flower!



 I sent this photo to a butterfly expert in Dallas, Tx to  identify,  since I couldn’t identify it. He says it is a butterfly – either a Common Checkered Skipper or a White Checkered Skipper. It would have to be examined closer to know the difference that can’t be seen in a photo!

He said it is more likely to be a Common Checkered Skipper for the part of North Texas that I live in!

Isn’t it a beauty?