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Purplish (Arctic) Fritillary

Boloria chariclea


Sorry no photos of the underside! Greenish hue to body, wings orange with dark brown markings and white trim on all outer edges.


Purple asters in roadside scrub in the subalpine, Blackwall Peak, Manning Park, BC., northern Cascades Mtn range.


Hmmm what kind of fritillary is this? @bayucca Here is a link to an Arctic not too far away: that is also taken in the subalpine although a different mountain range from my spotting.

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bayucca 5 years ago
Purplish Fritillary
Boloria chariclea Purplish Fritillary - Boloria chariclea - BugGuide.Net

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Thanks Marta!
@ bayucca: I like that I found 14 sightings of the Boloria chariclea in this exact area on e-Fauna BC! Yay! I found a new resource for butterfly searches. I am thinking the subspecies is rainieri or helena but would love to be corrected by anyone who knows better:)
It looks like the one yes, but I see they are calling it Arctic Fritillary on e-Fauna BC. Thanks again!

bayucca 5 years ago

Another tricky one. In my eyes it should be Boloria chariclea, but I cannot tell you the subspecies. Canadian geography is too difficult for me...

@ bayucca. Here is a link to a Pacific Fritillary from the same area 3 years ago:
Is this another Pacific Fritillary?

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British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Jul 28, 2015
Submitted on Aug 14, 2015

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