Great Spangled Fritillary

Speyeria cybele

The Great Spangled Fritillary is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family.
Great Spangled Fritillary - Speyeria cybele Large butterfly with mostly brown, orange, and black coloring. The underside of the hindwings have large, silver spots.

Habitat: Drinking nectar and fluttering around in a rural garden. Geotagged,Great Spangled Fritillary,Speyeria,Speyeria cybele,Summer,United States,butterfly

Appearance

Its wingspan ranges from 62 to 88 mm. It is characterized by its orange color above with five black dashes near fore wing base and several iregualer black dashes at the base of the hind wing. In addition, two rows of black crescents run along the edges of the wings. Below, the fore wing is yellowish-orange with black marks similar to the upperside, with a few silver spots on the tip of the wing. The hind wing is reddish-brown with silver spots on the base and middle of the wing. A broad yellow band and silver triangles are the most notable qualities on the wing, next to the brown margin. Females tend to be darker than males and individuals from the western reaches of this species range tend to be brighter orange.Similar species include the Aphrodite Fritillary, the Atlantis Fritillary and the Northwestern Fritillary. It is distinguished from the Aphrodite and Atlantis Fritillaries by a wide light submarginal band on the hindwing and instead of black spots, black dashes form on the margins of the fore wing.
Great Spangled Fritillary - Speyeria cybele Large butterfly with mostly brown, orange, and black coloring. The underside of the hindwings has large, silver spots.

Habitat: Drinking nectar and fluttering around in a rural garden. Geotagged,Great Spangled Fritillary,Speyeria cybele,Summer,United States,butterfly

Naming

Listed alphabetically.
⤷ "S. c. carpenterii"
⤷ "S. c. charlottii"
⤷ "S. c. krautwurmi" – Krautwurm's Fritillary
⤷ "S. c. leto"
⤷ "S. c. letona" dos Passos & Grey, 1945
⤷ "S. c. novascotiae"
⤷ "S. c. pseudocarpenteri"
⤷ "S. c. pugetensis" Chermock & Frechin, 1947
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) Hanging out on Dogwood (Cornus florida) at the edge of a hickory-oak forest.  Geotagged,Great Spangled Fritillary,Speyeria cybele,Spring,United States

Reproduction

Various species of native violets have reported to serve as a larval host plant for the Great Spangled Fritillary, including the native Round-leaf Violet, the Arrow-leaf Violet and the Common Blue Violet.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyNymphalidae
GenusSpeyeria
SpeciesS. cybele