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Great Spangled Fritillary

Speyeria cybele


FW bright orange with a row of black spots and numerous irregular black bands; HW with concentric rows of black markings, giving an overall more spotted appearance than Monarch (also lacks Monarch’s black borders on both wings). Below: FW bright orange and brown, with pale spots toward tip and irregular black bands; HW brownish-orange with two bands of shiny, silvery spots separated by a wide, cream-colored band. This wide band (and lack of an inner FW spot above) separate Great Spangled from the very similar (and quite rare) Aphrodite Fritillary, which has a narrow band on the HW below and an isolated spot on the inner FW above. Females, which emerge later, are usually larger and darker than males.


Alberta east to Nova Scotia, south to central California, New Mexico, central Arkansas, and northern Georgia

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Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jun 15, 2020
Submitted on Jun 16, 2020

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