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Help with Alaskan Fritillaries.

John McKay Jan 31, 2017 07:24PM EST

Is there anyone who could help me with the identification of two lifer fritillaries from Alaska?
Checklists with photos:

Your help is extremely appreciated!

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Maxim Larrivée Feb 01, 2017 09:35AM EST eButterfly Agent

Hey John, those are pretty tough with no ventral side.

I will pass the link to the checklists along to Norbert Kondla who might be able to ehlp more.

The one from checklist 58310 looks like a Purplish Frit but Im not a western bfly expert so I will let them make the call. You were within it’s Alaskan range and during peak flight period

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John McKay Feb 01, 2017 10:34AM EST
Hi Maxim,
Thanks for your help! I did try hard to photo the ventral without any luck, I remember ruefully thinking that this would not help ID. I noted that eButterfly has no Purplish Frit; I'm assuming they are using the other name: Arctic Fritillary, for boloria chariclea?
Thanks again,
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Maxim Larrivée Feb 02, 2017 05:19PM EST eButterfly Agent

My bad John, Arctic Frit it is.

Purplish frit is the subspecies name for Boloria chariclea grandis.

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Maxim Larrivée Feb 06, 2017 08:04AM EST eButterfly Agent

Hi John, I heard back from Norbert Kondla, both your Boloria’s were B. chariclea grandis, the Arctic fritillary.



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John McKay Feb 06, 2017 02:45PM EST
Hey Maxim,
Great to hear!
Thanks for the good work, I'll go change the IDs.
Many thanks,

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