Bog Fritillary (Boloria eunomia [Esper])
Wing span: 1 1/4 - 1 3/4 inches (3.2 - 4.5 cm).
Identification: Upperside orange-brown to tan with dark markings. Underside of hindwing orange with light nonmetallic bands; postmedian row spots are white bordered with black.
Life history: Males patrol in wet areas for females. Eggs are laid in groups of 2-4 under host plant leaves, which the caterpillars eat. Third- and fourth-stage caterpillars overwinter.
Flight: One brood from June-August.
Caterpillar hosts: Willow (Salix), alpine smartweed (Polygonum viviparum), and violets (Viola).
Adult food: Nectar from flowers including Labrador tea and goldenrod.
Habitat: Bogs, moist tundra, willow seeps.
Range: Alaska and most of Canada south to the bordering United States including northern Maine and the northern Great Lakes region; south in the Rocky Mountains to Colorado.
Conservation: Not usually of conservation concern.
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: 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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Author: Jane M. Struttmann
State and Regional References:
Ebner, J.A. 1970. Butterflies of Wisconsin. Milwaukee Public Museum Popular Science Handbook No. 12. Layberry, R.A., Hall, P.W. & Lafontaine, D.J., 1998. The Butterflies of Canada. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, ON. 280 pp. Opler, P.A. 1998. A field guide to eastern butterflies, revised format. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.