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Euptoieta claudia (Variegated fritillary)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia) is a North and South American butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Even though the Variegated Fritillary has some very different characteristics from the Speyeria Fritillaries, it is still closely related to them. Some of the differences are: Variegated Fritillaries have 2–3 broods per year vs. one per year in Speyeria; they are nomadic vs. sedentary; and they use a wide range of host plants vs. just violets. And because of their use of passionflowers as a host plant, Variegated Fritillaries also have taxonomic links to the heliconians. Their flight is low and swift, but even when resting or nectaring, this species is extremely difficult to approach, and, because of this, its genus name was taken from the Greek word euptoietos meaning "easily s
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Wing Span [1]  2.0 inches (.052 m)

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Badlands National Park II 178535 South Dakota, United States
Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve 90 Michigan, United States
Carlsbad Caverns National Park II 15448 New Mexico, United States

Prey / Diet

Boerhavia triquetra (slender spiderling)[2]
Boerhavia triquetra var. intermedia (Jone's boerhavia)[3]
Eupatorium serotinum (late boneset)[2]
Glycine max (soybean)[2]
Ipomoea batatas ('uala)[3]
Linum australe (southern flax)[3]
Linum mysorense (common flax)[3]
Linum puberulum (desert flax)[3]
Linum rigidum (orange flax)[3]
Linum sulcatum (grooved flax)[3]
Linum usitatissimum (Flax)[2]
Metastelma arizonicum (Arizona swallow-wort)[3]
Passiflora caerulea (blue passion flower)[3]
Passiflora edulis (passionflower)[2]
Passiflora foetida (scarletfruit passionflower)[3]
Passiflora incarnata (purple passionflower)[3]
Phaseolus vulgaris (Common Bean)[2]
Podophyllum peltatum (may apple)[2]
Pombalia verticillata (baby slippers)[3]
Portulaca oleracea (Common Purslane)[2]
Sedum pulchellum (widowscross)[2]
Trifolium polymorphum (peanut clover)[2]
Triticum aestivum (common wheat)[2]
Turnera ulmifolia (Yellow Alder)[2]
Vigna unguiculata (Common Cowpea)[2]
Viola bicolor (field pansy)[2]
Viola cornuta[2]
Viola melissifolia[2]
Viola odorata (Sweet violet)[2]
Viola patrinii (China violet)[2]
Viola sagittata (arrow-leaved violet)[2]
Viola tricolor (pansy violet)[2]
Zea mays (corn)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary)2
Heliconius charithonia (Zebra Longwing)1


Pollinator of 
Echinacea purpurea (Eastern purple coneflower)[4]
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)[2]
Helianthus grosseserratus (sawtooth sunflower)[4]
Podophyllum peltatum (may apple)[2]
Polytaenia nuttallii (Nuttall's prairie parsley)[2]
Pycnanthemum flexuosum (Appalachian mountainmint)[4]
Sassafras albidum (Sassafras)[2]
Scrophularia marilandica (maryland figwort)[2]
Solanum decipiens (Black or Garden Nightshade)[2]
Solidago altissima subsp. altissima (Canada goldenrod)[2]
Stylosanthes biflora (endbeak pencilflower)[2]
Symphyotrichum pilosum (Frost Aster)[4]
Trifolium repens (Ladino Clover)[4]
Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)[4]
Zanthoxylum americanum (Common pricky-ash)[2]
Zea mays (corn)[2]




Attributes / relations provided by
1Butterflies of Canada, Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
4Robertson, C. Flowers and insects lists of visitors of four hundred and fifty three flowers. 1929. The Science Press Printing Company Lancaster, PA.
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