regal fritillary

(Speyeria idalia)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

regal fritillary

NatureServe

N3 - Vulnerable

S3 - Vulnerable

Minnesota

Special Concern
Occurrence

Uncommon

Flight/Season

One brood: mid-June to early September.

Habitat

Tall grass prairie, wet fields, meadows, marshes.

Size

2 to 4 wingspan

    Photo by Dave Jungst

Identification

 

 
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Larval Food

In Minnesota, mostly prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida), but also birdfoot violet (Viola pedata) and possibly northern bog violet is (Viola nephrophylla).

 
Adult Food

Nectar from flowers of milkweed, thistle, red clover, and mountain mint.

 
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Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 6, 7, 20, 21, 24, 29, 71.

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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Papilionoidea (butterflies [excluding skippers])

 

Family:

Nymphalidae (brush-foots)

 

Subfamily:

Heliconiinae (longwings, fritillaries and silverspots)

 

Tribe:

Argynnini

 
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Common
Names

regal fritillary


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Regal Fritillary Butterfly Research
PA National Guard
 
   
 
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Published on Jul 11, 2013

Julie Eckenrode, a conservation biologist at Fort Indiantown Gap, describes the rare Regal Fritillary Butterfly—which is found almost exclusively on post—and details the efforts that she and her colleagues are making to bolster and expand the population.

 
     
  Regal Fritillary
pengelhard1
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Dec 7, 2011

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  Regal Fritillary
hersheyEntertainment
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 12, 2012

The Regal Fritillary is a very rare butterfly, approximately two to three and half inches across. ZooAmerica is helping restore the population by releasing up to 700 butterflies in the nearby Indiantown Gap area.

 
     
  Regal Fritillary Butterfly lives in military impact area
Bob Smith
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Mar 1, 2011

This rare insect lives at Fort Indiantown Gap, in central Pennsylvania, right in the middle of training areas. How does this work? Well, it does. I did this piece for National Guard Bureau Public affairs.

 
     
  Regal Fritillaries at Maxwell WA
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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2010

Abundant regal fritillary butterflies show that the prairie habitat is in great shape at Maxwell Game Refuge near Canton. Visit KDWP wildlife areas for the best of the Kansas outdoors.

 
     

 

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Dave Jungst
9/18/2014

Location: Pope County, Ben Wade Township, on a WPA

Female, Sept. 18, 2014

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Dave Jungst
9/10/2013

Location: Pope County, Chippewa Falls Township, near Terrace

Female, Sept. 10, 2013

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