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.
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July 23, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada February 11, 2016 Details
June 04, 2009 AJ Trently Lewis County, Tennessee, United States January 01, 2016 Details
August 03, 2014 doris potter Quebec, Canada December 05, 2015 Details
July 20, 2014 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States November 16, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 rbuist Manitoba, Canada November 01, 2015 Details
October 12, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 stephen stedman Van Buren County, Tennessee, United States October 08, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 mccarr72 Hardin County, Iowa, United States September 29, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States September 25, 2015 Details
September 21, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 24, 2015 Details
September 09, 2015 aarongunnar Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 aarongunnar Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
September 09, 2015 Les in Ohio Guernsey County, Ohio, United States September 20, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 Gina Horvath Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States September 19, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 Foxy Lady Pike County, Pennsylvania, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 14, 2015 K. S. Veitch Laurel County, Kentucky, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 stephen stedman Jackson County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2015 Details
August 27, 2015 FleeterflyGuy James City County, Virginia, United States September 10, 2015 Details
August 29, 2015 John LeBlanc Madison County, Virginia, United States September 10, 2015 Details
September 08, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States September 10, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 stephen stedman Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2015 Details
August 21, 2015 Kzfisherman Grant County, Wisconsin, United States September 06, 2015 Details
August 25, 2015 jfb7873 Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States September 05, 2015 Details
August 30, 2015 dendroica5 Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States September 05, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 signitzerj Albany County, New York, United States September 04, 2015 Details
August 30, 2015 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada September 03, 2015 Details
September 03, 2015 ralphminer Kane County, Illinois, United States September 03, 2015 Details
September 02, 2015 ralphminer Cook County, Illinois, United States September 02, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 Jeff Trahan Howard County, Arkansas, United States September 02, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 danitadiane15 Lane County, Oregon, United States August 30, 2015 Details
August 29, 2015 marjoriemasters Geauga County, Ohio, United States August 30, 2015 Details
August 30, 2015 treys grammy Benton County, Arkansas, United States August 30, 2015 Details
August 24, 2015 Paul Tavares Ontario, Canada August 29, 2015 Details
August 24, 2015 ms722 Robertson County, Tennessee, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 stephen stedman Warren County, Tennessee, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States August 27, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 Jenmg012 Warren County, New Jersey, United States August 25, 2015 Details
June 29, 2015 Sepp Meier Morris County, New Jersey, United States August 25, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 SquareRoot Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States August 25, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 malarchie Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States August 25, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 purplechickadee Passaic County, New Jersey, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 24, 2015 Fritz Riedel Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 04, 2015 MarkNenadov Ontario, Canada August 24, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States August 23, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 21, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 ngause1 Page County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 cptskip Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 17, 2015 KaseyMK Tompkins County, New York, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 Paul Tavares Manitoba, Canada August 16, 2015 Details
August 10, 2015 aarongunnar Pepin County, Wisconsin, United States August 16, 2015 Details