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Great spangled fritillary

Speyeria cybele


A butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It reaches 2 1/8 to 3" in wingspan. 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


This species covers a wide range over North America Stretching from Southern British Columbia, eastward to Quebec and the Maritime Provinces down south west of the Rocky Mountains to California, and down east of the Appalachian Mountains from Maine to Northern Georgia. Curiously, it does not occur in the Midwest, or in the Great Plains. Prime habitat for this species includes moist meadows and deciduous woods in the east. In the west, it prefers moist pine and oak woods and is common around woodland edges


Noticed several in the middle of a gravel road.

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BudShinall 11 years ago

Thanks for the comments everyone.

KarenL 11 years ago

Very nice!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 11 years ago

Very cool... Great spot!

They're even more beautiful in groups. Great spotting!

BudShinall 11 years ago

Thanks, was taking a few photos of the landscape when I almost stepped on them.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Beautiful grate series!

harsuame 11 years ago

Fant√°stico muy bellas

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Tennessee, USA

Spotted on May 14, 2012
Submitted on May 18, 2012

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