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Arctic Fritillary (Boloria chariclea)

Description: A small orange fritillary lacking silver spotting on the underside of the hindwing. It is similar to Meadow Fritillary, but has rounded forewings, broad dark borders on the upperside, and a brown and orange hindwing underside with extensive pale markings.
Wingspan: 32 to 44 mm.

Maritime Distribution: Northern New Brunswick and northern Nova Scotia (including Cape Breton). For Atlas results click here.

Provincial Ranks: NB: S3. NS: S2. PEI: -.

Flight Period: Late July to mid August.

Host Plant: Willows (Salix spp.) and possibly violets (Viola spp.).

Notes: Arctic Fritillary is an uncommon northern species that is typically found in small colonies. In northern New Brunswick it is found in boreal forest clearings and along transmission lines where it frequently visits flowers, especially Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium) and daisies. In the Cape Breton highlands it has been found in bogs and along boggy trails.