helena

Purplish Fritillary

Boloria chariclea helena (W. H. Edwards, 1871)

Family: Nympalidae

Status: Very rare stray or resident, possibly extirpated

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Most of North America north of the Canadian border, as well as higher elevation environments in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and northern New Mexico. Most likely to be found in the pine forests of the panhandle.

Broods/Flight Times: There is one flight annually in July and August in the Colorado Rockies.

Larval Hostplant(s): Likely a violet (Viola) species if it were to breed in Nebraska.

Habitat: This butterfly inhabits high altitudes in Colorado

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Overwintering: As larvae

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Notes: Clossiana chariclea has, until recently, been referred to as Clossiana titania (which has been determined to be isolated to the Old World) in most literature. This is a curious record for Nebraska, as the species is normally found at northern latitudes or higher elevations. The Nebraska specimen was found southeast of Crawford in Dawes County in 1984.

Purplish Fritillary, Photo by Matthew Brust
Purplish Fritillary – dorsal
Purplish Fritillary – ventral

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