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Great Spangled Fritillary
Nymphalidae
Speyeria cybele
Type: Insect

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Speyeria Genus


Location / Where this Creature is found:

Millcreek Canyon, UT

General information about Great Spangled Fritillary :

This butterfly is one of the largest of the greater fritillaries, with a wingspan of 62-88 mm. On the upperside of the wings, you will see an orange-brown color with a black pattern of lines and spots throughout. The males happen to be a bit brighter than the females. On the underside, the forewing is similar. However, on the hindwing, rather than black, you will find a beautiful metallic silver spot pattern.

Abundance: This butterfly is common throughout Canada, including mainland Nova Scotia, but becoming scarcer around the Cape Breton area. Decreased numbers have also been reported in some other Canadian locations, due to habitat loss.
Flight Period: June-September.

Life Cycle: Eggs are deposited singly on the food plant. The caterpillars are night feeders, enjoying various species of violets (Viola spp.). On these black caterpillars, large spines (with yellowish bases) are present and are a protective device against predators such as birds. The Great Spangled Fritillary overwinters here as a newly hatched caterpillar. The pupa is dark brown with light brown or orange reddish patches and closely resembles a dried leaf!
Nature Notes: This is a species of open areas such as roadsides and fields. Adults are frequent flower visitors with a favorite being Knapweed (Centaurea nigra).

Similar Species: The Great Spangled Fritillary can be distinguished from other similar Speyeria species by the fact that it lacks a black spot at the bottom innerpart of the forewing, on the upperside. A bit of an "empty space" appears.

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Comment: Great Spangled Fritillary

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Blossom
Blossom
August 24, 2009
Looks like your right! Thanks I will change it.
gardengeek
gardengeek
August 24, 2009
That looks like a Great Spangled Fritillary.

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