Butterflies of the Adirondacks:
Silver-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)
The Silver-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene) is an orange and black butterfly that may be seen in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York in summer. It is a member of the Brushfoot family.  This butterfly is one of the lesser fritillaries.   It is noticeably smaller than the other fritillaries seen in the Adirondack region.  Some sources refer to it as the Silver Meadow Fritillary, while others refer to it as the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.  This butterfly reportedly is named after Selene, a lunar deity in Greek mythology. 
From above, the Silver-Bordered Fritillary is orange with black markings. The black margins enclose pale orange spots.   From below, this butterfly has a silver border along both outer wing margins.  It also has four rows of metallic silver spots.  The wing span of the Silver-bordered Fritillary is about 1.6 inches. 
Male Silver-bordered Fritillaries patrol wet areas for females,  who lay their eggs singly near host plants.  Caterpillars feed on the leaves of violets.    Adult butterflies consume nectar from flowers such as goldenrod and Black-eyed Susans. 
The range of the Silver-bordered Fritillary extends from Alaska east to Newfoundland and south to Oregon, New Mexico, Illinois, and North Carolina.  Silver-bordered Fritillaries prefer wet areas, such as meadows and bog margins, often near wooded areas.  It nectars in adjacent fields. 
This butterfly's flight period in the Adirondack Park has not been established. However, sightings in the region suggest that it is present in mid- and late-June and again in August.
- In 2012, the Silver-bordered Fritillary was present in the Paul Smiths VIC Native Species Butterfly House in June.
- In 2013, Silver-bordered Fritillaries were present in the Butterfly House in mid- and late-June, and then again starting in early August until the Butterfly House closed in early September. 
- In 2014, there were confirmed sightings of this species in late June.
- Susan Grimm Hanley. Interpretive Naturalist, Paul Smith's College Native Species Butterfly House. Species Logbooks.
- Butterflies and Moths of North American. Species Profiles. Sighting records: 6/16/2012; 6/15/2013; 8/5/2013; 8/10/2013; 6/22/2014; 6/22/2014; 6/22/2014.
- Government of Canada. Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility. SpeciesBank.
- Massachusetts Butterfly Club. Massachusetts Butterfly Species List.
- ENature. Field Guides.
- Iowa State University. Department of Entomology. BugGuide.
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- Thomas J. Allen, Jim P. Brock, and Jeffrey Glassberg. Caterpillars in the Field and Garden. A Field Guide to the Butterfly Caterpillars of North America (Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 82-83.