Attributes of Euptoieta claudia

Variegated Fritillary
Euptoieta claudia (Cramer, 1776)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: 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.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 3 1/8 inches (4.5 - 8 cm).
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.
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.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
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August 28, 2016 CainanLiddawi Burlington County, New Jersey, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 29, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 27, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 28, 2016 Details
August 24, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 S. J. Stedman (Susan E. Pirolo) Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 S. J. Stedman (Larry Little) Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 17, 2016 kstock Macomb County, Michigan, United States August 19, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 pmorgan15 Cherokee County, South Carolina, United States August 18, 2016 Details
August 18, 2016 henryr10 Hamilton County, Ohio, United States August 18, 2016 Details
August 15, 2016 Kitty329 Day County, South Dakota, United States August 17, 2016 Details
August 15, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States August 16, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 Melinda Fawver Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 elegrand Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 14, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 14, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 RWC25419 Berkeley County, West Virginia, United States August 12, 2016 Details
August 11, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 11, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 Doug Bruce Bedford County, Tennessee, United States August 01, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 abwest Bexar County, Texas, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 26, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 stephen stedman Moore County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 slhung Jefferson County, Colorado, United States July 16, 2016 Details
June 28, 2016 jetboulder@aol.com Chaffee County, Colorado, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 Lizardm73 Colorado, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 Lizardm73 Jefferson County, Colorado, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States July 10, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 Gryphon Louisa County, Virginia, United States July 09, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 09, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 Jeff Trahan Jackson Parish, Louisiana, United States July 09, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 Doug Bruce Gibson County, Tennessee, United States July 04, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 04, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 Doug Bruce Gibson County, Tennessee, United States July 03, 2016 Details
June 20, 2016 cosmic_cat Gregg County, Texas, United States July 03, 2016 Details
June 16, 2016 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States July 01, 2016 Details
June 28, 2016 Bonnie Morrison Howard County, Texas, United States July 01, 2016 Details
June 19, 2016 Doug Bruce Meigs County, Tennessee, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 Doug Bruce Pickett County, Tennessee, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 28, 2016 Details
May 26, 2016 jetboulder@aol.com Boulder County, Colorado, United States June 19, 2016 Details
June 02, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 07, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 lostpineslife Bastrop County, Texas, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 kking216 Hall County, Nebraska, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 13, 2016 D. Dodd Texas, United States, Val Verde County May 27, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 hiker96 Douglas County, Kansas, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 Lois Stacey Calhoun County, South Carolina, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 06, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States May 07, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States April 22, 2016 Details
September 11, 2012 jmorth Sangamon County, Illinois, United States April 15, 2016 Details
October 15, 2015 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States April 01, 2016 Details