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Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly

by Trevor E Holewinski

Fantastic Spangled Fritillary Butterfly

( Speyeria cybele)

The Excellent Spangled Fritillary.

This butterfly Is found throughout the USA, besides the extreme.

It can likewise found in extreme southern.

Unlike lots of other species, there is just one generation annually of the Great Spangled.

This varieties is on the wing from late spring or very early summer right into fall.


The Terrific Spangled is among the larger fritillaries.

Upper side of the male butterfly are tan to orange with black ranges on fore-wing veins. Ladies are tawny, darker than the man.

Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly photo 1

Bottom of the hind-wings have large, light, submarginal band as well as big silver places typical to fritillaries.

From wing pointer to wing pointer, this butterfly
measures an appealing 2 and 1/8 to 3 as well as 3/4 inches.


The Excellent Spangled is mostly located in moist areas, such as meadows, woods, stream sides and also well sprinkled gardens and also open areas.


A fast flying butterfly, the Great Spangled is a site visitor of milkweed as well as thistle blossoms.

Males will fly around certain location, as they patrol looking for women.

Most fritillary species are extremely comparable in look. For a fritillary to locate a friend of its very own types, scents and smell play a vital function in companion acknowledgment.

Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly photo 2

Wonderful Spangled Fritillary Mating, Hosts Plants, and Larvae Stage

A Wonderful Spangled Fritillary male hovers over a women to float his pheromones over a prospective companion. After mating, ladies sometimes transmit their eggs while flying over a field, not straight depositing them on violets.

Various other may route deposit.

Eggs are stocked late summertime on or near host violets. Newly-hatched caterpillars do not feed. Upon hatching, the larva eats its eggshell and also instantly begins hibernation.

When springtime gets here, baby larvae eat young violet leaves.

Larvae and Hosts:

Larvae of this butterfly feed on numerous types of violet (). Yes, wild violets, the ones that can conveniently take over a garden are hosts to this American elegance.

attract this butterfly, plant a good spot of violets, you will certainly wish to maintain it controlled, however.

They are black, with many black spinal columns diminishing the body.

Nectar Plant kingdoms:

Favorite nectar plants for this Fritillary butterfly are, Gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta), thistle (Cirsium), verbena (Verbena), Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) as well as a host of others.

Always deal water for your butterflies in your yards.

Several species of butterflies will take pleasure in a beverage on the edge of a birdbath or mud-puddle

Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly photo 3

Great Spangled Fritillary and other Usual Butterflies

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