Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

The Variegated Fritillary is one of the many butterflies that enliven the farm’s fields and roadsides from late spring through fall. While it thrives from Argentina northward to North America’s East Coast, its amazingly wide range also includes much of the United States and even extends into Canada. The fritillary’s caterpillar hosts on leafy plants and vines including mayapple, moonseed, violets, and pansies. Adults typically feed on nectar from butterfly weed, milkweed, red clover, and, as seen in the photo, tickseed sunflower (Bidens aristosa).