Butterflies of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance

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Common NameVariegated Fritillary by Roger Rittmaster => Carteret Co.
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Scientific NameEuptoieta claudia
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DistributionDISTRIBUTION: Statewide; occurs in all 100 counties.
AbundanceABUNDANCE: Common to locally very common in the Coastal Plain; common in the eastern and southern Piedmont; fairly common in the northwestern Piedmont and in the Mountains. Noticeably more numerous in the eastern half of the state than in the western half.
FlightFLIGHT PERIOD: Three, and possibly four, broods; however, it has a continuous presence in NC from March (rarely from January) into December. It is definitely a "late" flier among our widespread and common butterflies and is not numerous until June. It is not clear if it is a breeding resident in all of the state or is simply a migrant to at least the western portions.
HabitatHABITAT: Widespread in open disturbed habitats -- fields, roadsides, cultivated areas, vacant lots, dunes, etc. This is not a woodland species, nor is it common in "pristine" habitats such as savannas. It is often seen in arboretums and gardens, and it also frequents croplands with some flowers (and can occasionally be very common in some cultivated fields).
See also Habitat Account for General Successional Fields and Forblands
PlantsFOOD AND NECTAR PLANTS: Foodplants are varied; violets (Viola spp.), passionflowers (Passiflora spp.), etc. I have seen females ovipositing on Common Blue Violet (V. sororia) along a field edge. Nectar plants are extremely varied, with no particular group singled out.
CommentsCOMMENTS: This is the only fritillary seen in most of the Coastal Plain. It is also seen along with the Great Spangled, Meadow, and Aphrodite fritillaries in Mountain meadows. Some of the populations seen in summer and fall are probably migrants from farther south. It remains common in parts of NC well into October, when relatively few species are still numerous. On warm days in winter, one or two can at times be seen, as well.
State RankS5
State Status
Global RankG5
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Links to other butterfly galleries: [Cook] [Lynch] [Pippen] [Pugh]
Photo Gallery for Variegated Fritillary
Photo by: Roger Rittmaster
Comment: Carteret Co.
Variegated Fritillary - Click to enlarge
Photo by: Nancy Baldwin
Variegated Fritillary - Click to enlarge
Photo by: Will Stuart
Comment: June 22, 2018. Richmond Co.
Variegated Fritillary - Click to enlarge
Photo by: Jeff Pippen
Comment: Brunswick Co.; 27 Aug 2005
Variegated Fritillary - Click to enlarge