Silver-bordered Fritillary

Boloria selene ([Denis & Schiffermuller], 1775)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Uncommon/rare resident

NENHP Ranking: S2, Tier 1

Range: Found from Alaska and most of Canada south through the northern half of the United States. In Nebraska it is rare or absent south of the Platte River.

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple broods from early May into September

Larval Hostplant(s): Violets (Viola species)

Habitat: Inhabits marshes and wet meadows as well as nearby nectar sources

Found at: Niobrara Valley Preserve, Gilbert-Baker, Ballard’s Marsh & Hackberry Creek SWMAs, Crane Meadows, Bader Park (Merrick County), Rowe Sanctuary, Cather Prairie

Overwintering: As partially grown caterpillar

Similar Species: Meadow Fritillary

Notes: Two subspecies of this butterfly have been named from Nebraska. The type locality of the first (B. s. nebraskensis) is in Dodge County and is listed by NENHP as SNR, Tier 1. The second (B. s. sabulocollis) is described from Smith Lake in Sheridan County in the Nebraska sandhills (sabulocollis is Latin for sandhills). It is NENHP listed as S1S2, Tier 1.

Silver-bordered Fritillary (ssp sabulocollis) Photo by Matthew Brust
Silver-bordered Fritillary – dorsal
Silver-bordered Fritillary – side view

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