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Drawing of Sand Violet (Viola affinis)

Sand Violet (Viola affinis)

Sand Violet (Viola affinis) is a herbaceous perennial that is found from the mid-west to the eastern United States and adjacent southern Canada. This plant is a host plant to fritillaries and a number of bees. These violets are acaulescent (lack a stem) and have light purple flowers with a large white striped center. They can be found growing in wet floodplains, shaded wooded slopes, and in open areas.

Atlantis fritillary (Speyeria atlantis) on a flower.

Atlantis Fritillary (Speyeria atlantis)

The Atlantis Fritillary is found generally in the northern tier of the United States and in southern Canada. The host plants for this species are members of the Viola genus, but it prefers the Canada violet (Viola canadensis) in particular. It is found flying from June to September depending on location.

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