This species is extremely rare. Though no records exist in Vermont, it has been found in New Hampshire and New York and its host, B. pensylvanicus, was once a resident species here. In addition, B. variabilis is a more southern species and probably not well suited to this environment.
Select food plants: Asclepias (Milkweeds), Aster, Cirsium (Thistles), Solidago (Goldenrods), Eupatorium, Trifolium (Clovers)
Hosts: B. pensylvanicus
Similar Species: B. fernaldae