The Aphrodite Fritillary is an orange-colored butterfly. When the wings are open, the dorsal side displays several rows of black dots or chevrons at the edges of the wings and some black or brown lines. When the wings are closed, the ventral sides exhibit an orange-base coloration with a few rows of white dots.


Aphrodite Fritillary” by Ottawa County Parks, licensed by (CC BY-NC 2.0)


Aphrodite Fritillary Facts

Butterfly Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Heliconiinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 2 1/2 – 3 1/4 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Moist prairies, high mountain meadows, openings in barrens, brushland, dry fields, open oak woods, and bogs


Aphrodite Fritillary Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Various Violet species

Nectar Plants:

  • Purple Coneflower
  • Milkweeds
  • Butterfly Bush