Variegated Fritillary ~ Euptoieta claudia (Cramer, 1776)

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Featured in the group “Insects, Bugs, & Creepy Crawlies”

Attributes of Euptoieta claudia

Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: Longwings (Heliconiinae)

Identification: Upperside tawny orange with thick dark veins and markings; black spots near margin. Hindwing margin angled and slightly scalloped. Underside of hindwing with a mottled pattern and no silver spots.

Life history: Males patrol short distances in flat, dry, open places. Eggs are laid singly on host plant stems and leaves; caterpillars eat leaves and flowers.

Flight: Three broods from April-October in the north, four broods from February or March-November or December in the south.

Wing span: 1 3/4 – 3 1/8 inches (4.5 – 8 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: A variety of plants in several families including maypops (Passiflora incarnata), may apple (Podophyllum peltata), violets (Viola), purslane (Portulaca), stonecrop (Sedum), and moonseed (Menispermum).

Adult food: Nectar from several plant species including butterflyweed, common milkweed, dogbane, peppermint, red clover, swamp milkweed, and tickseed sunflower.

Habitat: Open sunny areas such as prairies, fields, pastures, road edges, landfills.

Range: Higher elevations of Argentina through Central America and Mexico to the southern United States; also Cuba and Jamaica. Regularly colonizes north through most of the United States except the Pacific Northwest.

Conservation: Not required. An occasional minor pest of ornamental pansies and violets.

NatureServe Global Status: G5 – Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


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  • louisegreen
    louisegreenalmost 6 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!

  • eXposure
    eXposurealmost 6 years ago

    such beautiful colour …

  • John Absher
    John Absheralmost 6 years ago

    Outstanding image … a real eye catcher!

  • shadyuk
    shadyukalmost 6 years ago


  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonalmost 6 years ago

    Stunning!!! :-)

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerover 5 years ago

    What a capture, Lisa! I’m sure you had to be quick! It’s beautiful!

  • Jeff VanDyke
    Jeff VanDykeover 5 years ago

    Beautiful composition!!

  • Paul Navarrette
    Paul Navarretteover 5 years ago

    This is a beautiful capture and the name suits it perfectly.

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago


  • loiteke
    loitekealmost 5 years ago

    Very vivd colors, great.

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