Meadow Fritillary – Boloria bellona

wpid-2015-07-05-13.29.56.jpg.jpegFemale meadow fritillary butterflies lay her eggs on violet species (viola), the preferred larval food of the species.
Adult favorite nectar sources are composite flowers, including black-eyed Susan’s, dandelions, and ox-eyed daisy. Plants from other families, such as verbena and dogbane, are visited in a pinch.
These beauties like to live in wet places like marshes and wet aspen groves.


Iimagen the Appalachian mountains of the United States, fritillary butterflies in particular are numerous. If you are able to correctly count the spots on a fritillary’s wings, that tells you how much money is coming your way.

An American Indian Legend

If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first
capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it.
Since a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly cannot reveal
the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all.
In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly freedom,
the Great Spirit will always grant the wish.
So, according to legend, by making a wish and giving the butterfly its freedom,
the wish will be taken to the heavens to be granted.

This is where the tradition of butterfly releases at weddings and other celebrations.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

9 thoughts on “Meadow Fritillary – Boloria bellona

  1. Nice shots and I do love the fritts. I see the Gulf Fritillary here and I have passion vine planted as its host which they have been freely using since last year. Just have to be careful to plant the right passion vine since the wrong species will kill the caterpillars. Must check this out from expert butterfly breeders. I got my info from breeder in Florida who has a great web site. Has lots of host plants listed for various species of butters.


    • I think this may have been the first time I’ve seen this little beauty.
      Like I’ve said, I really feel that there have been way more butterflies this season than I’ve ever seen. I’m at about 20 monarch sightings, whereas I was lucky to see 1 or 2. And I’m in gardens that would support their existence, yet they are (were) MIA.
      I understand there are always cycles of things in nature. . So glad it is the butterflies turn. 😀

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  2. You are lucky then for there are few butters except for the gulf fritillaries. I’ve haven’t seen any Queens at all this year and last year and year before there were in my little patch all over the blue mist f,ower which is also not blooming very well this year. Very odd.


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