Attributes of Speyeria cybele

Great Spangled Fritillary
Speyeria cybele (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Heliconiinae
Identification: Large. Upperside of male tan to orange with black scales on forewing veins; female tawny, darker than male. Underside of hindwing with wide pale submarginal band and large silver spots.
Wing Span: 2 1/2 - 4 inches (6.3 - 10.1 cm).
Life History: Males patrol open areas for females. Eggs are laid in late summer on or near host violets. Newly-hatched caterpillars do not feed, but overwinter until spring, when they eat young violet leaves.
Flight: One brood from mid-June to mid-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various violet species (Viola).
Adult Food: Nectar from many species of flowers including milkweeds, thistles, ironweed, dogbane, mountain laurel, verbena, vetch, bergamot, red clover, joe-pye weed, and purple coneflower.
Habitat: Open, moist places including fields, valleys, pastures, right-of-ways, meadows, open woodland, prairies.
Range: Alberta east to Nova Scotia, south to central California, New Mexico, central Arkansas, and northern Georgia. Comments: The most common fritillary throughout most of the eastern United States.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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May 27, 2015 lilkriskattn Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States May 28, 2015 Details
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May 25, 2015 sdbarker7277 Bledsoe County, Tennessee, United States May 28, 2015 Details
May 28, 2015 Beverly Carter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States May 28, 2015 Details
May 26, 2015 Beverly Carter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States May 27, 2015 Details
May 17, 2015 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States May 18, 2015 Details
May 16, 2015 Doug Bruce Knox County, Tennessee, United States May 17, 2015 Details
July 15, 2014 GinaGina Dutchess County, New York, United States April 08, 2015 Details
June 11, 2012 Bill Link Baltimore County, Maryland, United States April 03, 2015 Details
August 19, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
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June 25, 1979 Indy Entomologist Newton County, Indiana, United States March 19, 2015 Details
July 10, 1980 Indy Entomologist Carroll County, Indiana, United States February 23, 2015 Details
July 21, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States February 17, 2015 Details
July 17, 2014 dpgbfly1 Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States February 10, 2015 Details
July 09, 2014 dpgbfly1 Aitkin County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2015 Details
May 29, 2012 Kzfisherman Grant County, Wisconsin, United States January 23, 2015 Details
May 31, 2014 zzmini Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States January 09, 2015 Details
June 20, 2014 AngelaCoco Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States December 31, 2014 Details
June 16, 2014 AngelaCoco Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States December 31, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 CathK Saratoga County, New York, United States December 12, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 tjrickert Fayette County, West Virginia, United States December 11, 2014 Details
October 05, 2014 Doug Bruce Benton County, Tennessee, United States November 30, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 lmcrotty Morrison County, Minnesota, United States November 25, 2014 Details
September 27, 2014 KristyBaker Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States September 28, 2014 Details
August 20, 2014 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States September 25, 2014 Details
September 18, 2014 stephen stedman DeKalb County, Tennessee, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 05, 2014 Doug Bruce Wayne County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 stephen stedman Bedford County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
August 31, 2014 rogerashton Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States September 06, 2014 Details
August 24, 2014 ydlrun Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States September 06, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 b.cn.u Ontario, Canada September 05, 2014 Details
August 14, 2014 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States September 05, 2014 Details