Euptoieta claudia, Variegated Fritillary

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Euptoieta claudia, Variegated Fritillary

Adult Female

Description: 21-31 mm. This species is orange-brown with black veragated markings and a row of black spots on the forewings dorsally. On the ventral side, this species is orange brown and is fairly nondescript. Sexes are similar. Top is similar to gulf fritillary but is far less brightly colored and the ventral side lacks silver spots of the gulf fritillary. 

 

Habitat and Distribution: This species can be common in many parts of North, Central and South America and exists in a wide variety of habitats. It has been reported from Key Largo, Big Pine Key, Key West and Sugarloaf Key. 

 

Host Plant: Passion Flowers (Passiflora sps.) and plants in the Violet family (Violacea)

 

Natural History: This species should be concidered a rare stray to the Keys. It does not breed in the Keys as far as we are aware.

 

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Euptoieta claudia, Variegated Fritillary egg

Egg

Euptoieta claudia, Variegated Fritillary larva

Final instar larva

Euptoieta claudia, Variegated Fritillary larva

Final instar larva