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A medium-sized, orange-brown butterfly of open fields.  Wing shape is more variable than most butterflies, varying from almost squarish, to having very elongated forewings.


Open fields, agricultural lands, prairies, grasslands and scrub.

Flight Period

Throughout warm weather..

Caterpillar Foodplants

Violets (Viola) passionflowers (Passilfora) and others.  A transitional species between heliconians that feed on passionflowers and greater fritillaries (genus Speyeria) that feed on violets.

Scientific Information

Scientific Name - Euptoieta claudia