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Butte Disappointment, Lane Co, May 24


Boloria selene

AKA Western Meadow Fritillary

Size: Up to 1.75 inch wingspan

Key ID features:  Above orange with thin black veins, black scaling near the body, black irregular lines inwardly, and bands of black spots and submarginal chevrons that point toward wing edge.  Below HW has cream and orange patches edged in dark brown-orange on inner half, outer half is vague pattern of mauve, lavender, and brownish spots.  

Similar species: Silver-Bordered has very limited range, bolder black marginal pattern above with submarginal triangles pointing inward, bolder pattern on HW below. 

Host plant: Violets (Viola).

Habitat: Meadows and lush open habitats, forest clearings, riparian areas. 

Range: Found throughout western Oregon, in Klamath Mtns, Warner Mtns, Wallowa Mtns and Blue Mtns.

Season: Late March to L September.

Abundance: Common 


Conservation Status: Secure.

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