The Great Spangled Fritillary


Speyeria cybele Fabricius

Color:
The body and wings of S. cybele are a brownish-orange color. Located medially on the dorsal surface of all four wings is a region of darker orange coloration. There are distinctive bands of black spots and markings on all four wings. In addition, the edges of all four wings have white markings. On the ventral surface, the lower wings have silver spots (a characteristic common to most fritillary species) (Klots, 1979, 87).

Size:
The Great Spangled Fritillary is 3.3-3.7 inches in width (Klots, 1979, 87), and 3.5-3.8 inches in height.

Food:
Like most other fritillary species, the caterpillar of the Great Spangled Fritillary feeds on various species of violets (Klots, 1979, 87).

Geographic Range:
The butterfly ranges from the Maritime Provinces, south through Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma (Klots, 1979, 87).

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