Silver Bordered Fritillary

silver bordered fritillary

Silver bordered fritillaries are beautiful butterflies that require violets for their larvae, specifically birdsfoot violets.  Fairly rare, I’ve only ever seen them in very high quality habitat.

I wasn’t happy with the background and so kept simplifying until it suddenly resolved into what you see.  I was really pleased with the graphic, wave-like look.  The pink lines are the previous year’s little bluestem, and the yellow flowers are (probably) Helenium autumnale.



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  1. “Wave-like look” has as good a sound to it as it has a look. I’m fond of the colors that little bluestem turns in the fall; there are more of them than many people realize, probably because they occur in such small absolute amounts. We share that species and also Helenium autumnale, which I see grows in all of the lower 48 states and various Canadian provinces.


  2. Lovely butterfly, great background. I haven’t seen this species in quite a while, the reliable location in my area is a wet meadow in Rockport, MA. The underside you painted is prettier than the dorsal view.


    1. If you’re ever in Rockport when the community band is playing, you should have a listen. They’re about as good as the city band I played with in high school, but those groups are great fun. I had a friend who played with the Rockport Legion Band years ago; that’s how I came to learn about them.


    1. Thank you. And did you look up the word? It is the name of a group of butterflies graced with beautiful silvery spots. As a group they are very fast, acrobatic fliers that need high quality habitat, free of chemicals. If we value our insects, we must stop killing them! Thank you for visiting and tolerating my little rant. I’m sure YOU don’t kill insects, but perhaps you can help me spread the word! 🙂

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      1. Thanks for your reply. I did not look it up so your reply was helpful and saved my Googling. I first became aware of the Great Spangled Fritillary which I ‘spotted’ only on a flyer about native species here in the Garden State. As for bug killing, I try not to and think of my garden as the pesticide-free zone in my neighborhood. But strangely, during lockdown, no one is spraying insecticide like last summer. Or at least, I’m not seeing those little garden signs the bug companies leave. Not sure why. Maybe because parents are concerned about their kids being home breathing in that stuff?


      2. Oh yeah, the great spangled fritillary is wonderful~it cruises by very fast! I hope you get to see them in the field one day. I’m glad to hear people aren’t spraying around you. Everyone here seems to be having the opposite reaction~”We’re stuck at home so we have to have our lawn sprayed and our insects killed…”! 😦

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  3. Your Fritillary’s delightful. It reminds me of our Gulf Fritillary: probably because of those silvery spots. The combination of flowers and grasses always evokes ‘meadow’ for me, and you certainly have created a perfect, meadowy setting for the butterfly. I really like this one.


  4. This is another species that used to visit my yard every summer. No more. I am not sure if it’s the global decline in butterflies or something more local but I haven’t seen one in a while. Yours is lovely and I also like the old bluestems and the way they are curled makes my mind think the butterfly is bending them with its enormous weight. 🙂 That would certainly brighten up any room.


    1. Wow, that is amazing that you had them in your yard. I’ve been seeing them decline even where their habitat appears to be intact, so who knows what the culprit is. I’m sure that global warming is a contributing factor, as is GMO corn that spews Bt in its pollen. Or so I’m told.
      Thank you so much for your kind comments about the painting.

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