Female 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.
In 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