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Meadow Fritillary Butterly (Boloria bellona)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Meadow Fritillary Butterly



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True to its name, the Meadow Fritillary can be found in meadows and flower fields, often with others, taking in nectar and some sun.



Updated: 02/12/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Unlike most butterflies, the Meadow Fritillary does not venture into the warmer, southern part of North America. Canada and American states north of the Deep South and Southwest are included in its range. Color variations for this species exist: some are an orange-yellow while others are more of a burnt orange. The pattern on all of them remains the same. All have a myriad of dots and circles that cover the wings, and they rest with them spread out and flat.

Three generations can be produced each year. Caterpillars are a purple black color with spines and they eat violets. Adults are busy all summer and can be seen in gardens and at the edges of woodlands where their larval host plant grows.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Nymphalidae
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          Genus: Boloria
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            Species: bellona
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Boloria bellona
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 32mm to 48mm (1.25" to 1.88")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: orange, black, brown
Descriptors: dots, dashes, lines, border, flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 32mm (1.3in) and 48mm (1.9in)
Lo: 32mm
Md: 40mm
Hi: 48mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Meadow Fritillary Butterly may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Meadow Fritillary Butterly. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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