Fritillary Butterfly, Subfamily Argynninae
Adult Fritillary butterfly feeds on many plant species. Above
right the Fritillary is feeding on Salvia “Pozo Blue”.
They like most Sages. To learn more about sages see our Sage
Page. In the above left and bellow left photos show
Fritillaris a on Monardella species. Monardella sp,
or Butterfly Mint is very popular with many butterflies. It is
also very fragrant and a great garden plant.
most butterflies in this family the front legs of the Fritillary
butterfly are greatly reduced and covered with hairs. The
butterfly uses its two sets of rear legs to walk and cling to
lay their eggs not on their larva's host plant but usually in the
leaf litter near by. The eggs are layed singly rather than in mas
like many butterflies. The Greater Fritillary larva eats almost
exclusively violets, Viola sp. The larva usually feed only
at night and then crawls away from the host plant during the day
to hide and rest.