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Variegated Fritillary
Euptoieta claudia
Nymphalidae

Description:
Medium sized butterfly with a wing span up to 3 1/8 inches. The upperside of the wing is a tawny orange with thick dark veins and black spots near the margin. Hindwing margin angled and slightly scalloped; the underside has a mottled pattern and no silver spots.
Range:
Widespread in North America, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Distribution and Abundance in Florida:
Four broods from March to December.
Habitat(s):
Open areas such as prairies and open, disturbed sites.
Reproduction:
Eggs are laid singly on the stems and leaves of the host plants.
Food:
Caterpillars feed on the leaves and flowers of host plants. Native larval host plants include maypop (Passiflora incarnata) and the wildflower Florida yellow flax (Linum floridanum), which is not in cultivation. Nectar plants include the wildflowers blue porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis) and swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). Weedy native nectar plants include Spanish-needles (Bidens alba var. radiata).
Comments:
For more information, visit Butterflies and Moths of North America.