The Pacific Fritillary Butterfly of the BC coastal region
The BC Coastal Region has a large population of Pacific Fritillary Butterflies, they are very beautiful to observe.
The wings upper side is typical of the of the Fritillary Butterflies. There are rows of black spots on a rusty orange background. The hind wing underside lacks prominent pale markings.
They are a resident of the pacific northwest from central British Columbia south to central California.
Their habitats are forest openings and wet meadows. Host plants are usually herbaceous that is restricted to several species within one genus. Individuals over winter as larvae.
They fly in May/June on the coast, June/July inland and July/August At higher altitudes.