Species Page: Silver-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)

Silver-bordered Fritillary

Boloria selene ([Denis & Schiffermuller], 1775)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Uncommon/rare local resident, however it may be abundant when located.

NENHP Rank: ssp nebraskensis – SNR, Tier1; ssp sabulocollis – S1S2, Tier1

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.

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

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

Overwintering: As partially grown caterpillar.

Habitat: Inhabits marshes and wet meadows roaming to nearby nectar sources.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 3/8 – 2 1/8 inches 

Found at: Niobrara Valley Preserve, Rowe Sanctuary, Fontenelle Forest, Crane Meadows, Burwell pond, Hackberry Creek, Smith Lake & Ballards Marsh SWMAs, Victoria Springs SRA area.

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Notes: Two subspecies of this butterfly have been named from Nebraska. The type locality of the first (B. s. nebraskensis) is in Dodge County. The second (B. s. sabulocollis) is described from Smith Lake in Sheridan County in the Nebraska sandhills (sabulocollis is Latin for sandhills).