The Bog Fritillary is a species of Wisconsin’s northern bogs. I first found this species at Glocke Lake, a Wisconsin State Natural Area, in Oconto County. This area has an open water bog lake with a fairly wide sphagnum mat. In addition to the Bog Fritillary, the area is also home to fellow northern species Bog Coppers and the Jutta Arctic.
Weekly sightings for Bog Fritillary
The Bog Fritillary is one of the six lesser fritillaries in Wisconsin. The upper wings on all these smaller species are black and orange, but the Bog Fritillary is very dark, having thicker, black lines and darker scaling throughout, but somewhat lighter spots on the back wing. Underneath, the row of white, submarginal spots is distinctive.
Above, the Bog Fritillary is darker than the other lesser fritillaries except for the Freija Fritillary and the Frigga Fritillary. The Freija and Frigga both are dark near the body on the hindwing, while the Bog Fritillary has some obvious lighter spots that are basically the same as the large white spots below.
Below, this species is most like the Silver-bordered Fritillary, but the Silver-bordered Fritillary has a row of black submarginal spots, while in the Bog Fritillary these spots are white and are easily seen on the orange background color.
Open bogs in northern Wisconsin.
One brood. In Michigan they have been found from May 27 to July 2. The Wisconsin DNR web site reports that this species is usually found in mid-June.
In Wisconsin this is not a common species, being very local and confined to northern bogs.