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Variegated Fritillary Butterfly

by Trevor E Holewinski

Variegated Fritillary Butterfly

Euptoieta claudia

The Variegated Fritillary Butterfly is common throughout the.

A butterfly varieties that prevails in both as well as. Although the Variegated Fritillary has some very various features from the Speyeria Fritillaries, it is still carefully related to them.

Variegated have 2-3 broods annually vs. one annually in Speyeria Fritillary.

They are nomadic and also they utilize a variety of host plants vs. simply violets. And also as a result of their use of passionflowers as a host plant, these Fritillaries additionally have taxonomic links to the heliconians.

Their trip is low as well as speedy, yet even when resting or nectaring, this types is very hard to strategy, and, due to this, its genus name was taken from the Greek word euptoietos implying « laquo quickly scared

raquo . This species prolongs its array into most north states during the summer.

This tinted Fritillary is normally on the wing from early springtime to late loss and also in some cases much longer in the Deep.

Variegated Fritillary Butterfly photo 1

This butterfly can not survive the northern winter seasons, nonetheless as well as therefore the emigrants die off every wintertime.


Members of this varieties are mainly dark orange above, with countless black lines throughout.

From wing suggestion to wing tip it gauges 1 and also 3/4 to 2 as well as 1/2 inches.

The only comparable types is the Mexican Fritillary (Euptoieta hegesia). The Mexican Fritillary is brighter orange, the top side of its back wing basal location is unmarked, and the underside of its wings is plainer, with no submarginal spots or typical black lines.


The Variegated Fritillary often visits a variety of open areas, from areas, roadsides, gardens and parks.


This butterfly is a rapid flier, usually along a low aircraft.

Male Fritillaries patrol locations in search of ladies.

This species may be seen flying from -October in the south, while in the north it flies from summer season to early fall.

Larvae as well as Hosts:

A wide range of host plants consisting of violets (), enthusiasm vine (Passiflora), as well as stonecrops (Sedum), are picked as hosts.

Larvae are mostly orange, with black red stripes and various black backs running down the body.

Nectar Plant kingdoms:

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), clover (Trifolium) shepherd’s needle( Bidens), various other milkweeds and also a host of others.

The Variegated Fritillary also delights in a wet spot for a great beverage.

Variegated Fritillary and various other Typical butterflies

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