Pacific Fritillary Butterfly

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Pacific Fritillary Butterfly, Vancouver Island, BC
Pacific Fritillary Butterfly, Vancouver Island, BC, Photo By Bud Logan

The Pacific Northwest has a large population of Pacific Fritillary Butterflies, they are very beautiful to observe. The wings upper side is typical 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 overwinter as larvae.

They fly in May/June on the coast, June/July inland and July/August At higher altitudes.

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