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Variegated Fritillary

Euptoieta claudia

Description:

The wingspan measures 1.75–2.25 inches. The upper side of the wings is checkered with tan-orange and black. Both the fore wing and hind wing have a row of sub-marginal black spots and black median lines running across the wings. The underside of the fore wing is orange with a pale orange spot rimmed in black in the fore wing cell. The underside of the hind wing is mottled with browns and grays with a pale post-medial band. There is no silvering.

Habitat:

This butterfly is often found in open, disturbed habitats such as clover and alfalfa fields, pastures, fields, waste areas, roadsides, and mountain meadows. Feed on nectar from: Dogbane, Apocynum sp., Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, Asters, Aster sp.; Bearded Beggarticks, Bidens aristosa; Thistles, Cirsium sp.; Coneflowers, Echinacea sp.; Fleabane, Erigeron sp.; Common Boneset, Eupatorium perfoliatum; Alfalfa, Medicago sativa; Red Clover, Trifolium pratense; Ironweed, Vernonia sp.

Notes:

At this site, more than a dozen butterflies feeding on Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) flowers.

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PucaK
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PucaK

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Jun 25, 2015
Submitted on Jun 27, 2015

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