The purplish fritillary can be a confusing butterfly to identify. In this case the confusion comes from the fact that lepidopterist organization have not come up with a consensus and the name is different depending on which organization or field guide you are using. Some people call it an Arctic fritillary and some consider it a subspecies of the Arctic Fritillary. It is found through out most of Canada and into Alaska. In the continental United States it is found in Northern Minnesota, Northern Wisconsin, Northern Maine, and in the Rocky Mountains as far south as New Mexico. It is found in Taiga, Tundra, bogs, and mountain meadows. The adults drink nectar from flowers, as this one is doing, and the larva eat violets and willow.