Edwards Fritillary

Argynnis edwardsii Reakirt, 1866

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Locally common resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Edwards’ Fritillary is found from southern Alberta and Saskatchewan south to northern New Mexico. In Nebraska it is found primarily in the panhandle although it ranges east along the Niobrara River to at least Brown and Keya Paha counties and has also been found in the loess hills of south central Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight – recorded in Nebraska from 23 May – 25 September.

Larval Hostplant(s): Violets, of which the Yellow Prairie Violet (Viola nuttallii) is the only verified hostplant to occur in the state. Others violets are almost certainly utilized.

Habitat: Short grass prairies and forest openings

Found at: Niobrara Valley Preserve, Ash Hollow SHP, Wildcat Hills SRA, Gilbert-Baker SWMA

Overwintering: As unfed caterpillars

Similar Species: Callippe Fritillary


Edwards’ Fritillary, Wildcat Hills SRA, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Edwards’ Fritillary – dorsal
Edwards’ Fritillary – ventral

%d bloggers like this: