|Euphydryas chalcedona - Variable Checkerspot|
|Euphydryas chalcedona laying her eggs on Buddleia davidii|
|Checkerspot caterpillar eating Buddleia leaf|
|First year caterpillars before Winter dormancy|
By now the Checkerspots have become permanent residents in my garden. Recently I've seen on the internet that Buddleia davidii is considered an invasive species in several countries. I have no doubt that this is so. I've never seen a plant grow with quite so much vigor. If I had known this at the time I probably would have avoided growing Buddleia at all, and that would have been a shame. Buddleia is a great plant. Nothing is quite like it for bringing in nectar loving creatures. By luck, the plant that I dug up all those years ago is different. Only one seedling so far. It must have a naturally occurring low-fertility like the varieties they're selling now. I've also seen that some people consider it to be of no value to native wildlife. My Checkerspots and I have had a different experience.