Species Page: Edwards’ Fritillary (Argynnis edwardsii)

Edwards’ Fritillary

Argynnis edwardsii Reakirt, 1866

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Locally common resident

NENHP Rank: 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.

Larval Hostplant(s): Violets (Viola sp.).

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

Overwintering: As newly hatched larvae.

Habitat: Short grass prairies and forest openings.

Avg. Wingspan: 2 1/2 – 3 3/8 inches

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

Similar Species: Callippe and Coronis Fritillaries