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Callippe Fritillary Butterfly, Speyeria callippe

Nectar sources used by the adult Callippe Fritillary Butterfly

The adult Callippe Fritillary Butterfly is very fond of Monardella flowers, as are most butterflies. There are many perennial species that are very popular to butterflies that are native to California. One of the most attractive is Monardella antonina. This one is a small fragrant herb with multitudes of purple flowers.  Monardellas are a hit with hummingbirds as well as butterflies.

The adult Callippe Fritillary Butterfly likes Sages, Salvia Species. Check out  Salvia 'Pozo Blue'. This sage is great for many native gardens in California. It is very drought tolerant and covered in light blue flowers in spring. It has an excellent fragrance.

Larval food plant of the Callippe Fritillary Butterfly

The Callippe Fritillary Butterfly larva feeds on wild Violets, Viola pedunculata. The larva are nocturnal and usually are not seen during the day. There are many native violets in California ranging in color from Purple to white. However this violet, Viola pedunculata, is yellow. It is found in open oak woodlands usually under Blue oaks, Quercus douglasii. They seem to prefer clay soil, as does the Blue oak, although they can be seen in decomposed granite as well.

If you are trying to id this one, take many pictures of many if possible as it is vary variable. Look at many books as the pictures often do not match with the one you happen to have.

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Speyeria callippe, Fritillary on Asclepias-specosa - grid24_12
Male and probably female Callippe fritillaries on a Showy Milkweed.
Callippe Fritilary butterfly - grid24_12
The Callippe Fritilary Butterfly is very variable in Central California.