Appearance: Above, orange with black markings and thin black veining and little or no basal darkening. Forewing is short and rounded. Male is somewhat paler than female; variable. In the Rockies the light submarginal spots are usually surrounded by black. Below, the ground color is variable, but essentially pale. The hindwing has a marginal row of silvered or white spots, a unmarked postmedian band and a median row of 5 or 6 large spots, with a smaller spot in the middle of the row.
Size: Medium; 1 5/8 to 2 ¼ inches (Usually smaller than other fritillaries)
Habitat: Moist mountain habitats at and above approximately 8500 feet
Season: Late June, July and August; 1 brood
Larval Foodplant: Violets
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Flies close to the ground.
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