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Boloria chariclea arctica (Zetterstedt, [1839])
(Purplish Fritillary)

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

NE Canadian arctic to N YK


(From: A Catalogue of the Butterflies of the United States and Canada, Jonathan P. Pelham)

Genus Boloria Moore, 1900

Lepid. Ind. 4(48): 243-244. Type-species: Papilio pales [Schiffermüller], 1775, Ankündung eines syst. Werkes Schmett. Wiener Gegend: 177, no. 8, by original designation. The genus-level synonymy adopted herein is derived from Grey (1989), J. Lepid. Soc. 43(1): 2, Aubert et al. (1996), C. R. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 3) Sci. Vie 319(7): 647-651, and Simonsen (2005), Syst. Entomol. 30(4): 653-665.


euphrosyne group Gorbunov, 2001

Butts. Russia Class.: 192.


Boloria chariclea (Schneider, 1794)

Neu. Mag. f. Leibhaber Entomol. 5: 588-589.

Original Combination: Papilio Chariclea

Type Locality: “Lappland” implied from the title of paper.

Types: Location of type(s) not known, probably lost.

The arrangement of North American taxa in this group follows Pike (1981), J. Res. Lepid. 18(3): 156, and J. Shepard (1998), Syst. W. N. Am. Butts. (59): 727-730. It is probable that this assemblage in North America actually consists of two species, but it is not possible to diagnose these at present.


Boloria chariclea arctica (Zetterstedt, [1839])

Ins. Lappon. (5): col. 899, no. 18.

Original Combination: A[rgynnis]. arctica

Type locality: “Groenlandia”

Types: Location of type(s) not known, possibly lost.

                         =    ‡tullia O. Fabricius, 1780

Fauna Groenl.: 192-193, no. 143.

Original Combination: Papilio Tullia

Type Locality: “Groenl. Sullernek...Kugluiak” [Greenland]

Types: Location of type(s) not known, probably lost.

Preoccupied by Papilio tullia Müller, 1764, Fauna Ins. Fridrichsdal.: 36.

                   =    obscurata (M'Lachlan, 1878)

J. Linn. Soc. Lond., Zool. 14(74): 110.

Original Combination: A[rgynnis]. Chariclea, var. obscurata

Type Locality: “81o 41'N”; holotype from “Grinnell Land, W. side of Smith Sound 81o45' N” [Ellesmere Island, Nunavut]

Types: Holotype in BMNH.



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