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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August 24, 2015 Paul Tavares Ontario, Canada August 29, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 stephen stedman Warren County, Tennessee, United States August 29, 2015 Details
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June 23, 2015 Jenmg012 Warren County, New Jersey, United States August 25, 2015 Details
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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
July 21, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada August 15, 2015 Details
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August 13, 2015 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States August 15, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States August 15, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 deannalack White County, Tennessee, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 11, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 Doug Bruce Giles County, Tennessee, United States August 10, 2015 Details
July 30, 2015 Reba121 Fulton County, New York, United States August 09, 2015 Details
July 31, 2015 roseanna Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States August 08, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 Johnnydogmatic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 csandt Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 bobka7914 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States August 07, 2015 Details
June 29, 2015 rdcpics York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 Bill Emch Wetzel County, West Virginia, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 05, 2015 rjcohrs Hancock County, Indiana, United States August 06, 2015 Details
August 06, 2015 brandahl La Porte County, Indiana, United States August 06, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 Melinda Fawver Sumner County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 dooberbug Hancock County, Maine, United States August 04, 2015 Details
July 29, 2015 JRonan17 Herkimer County, New York, United States August 02, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 Bill Emch Wetzel County, West Virginia, United States August 02, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 CA Ivy Washington County, Arkansas, United States August 02, 2015 Details
August 03, 2014 rcc2015 Unicoi County, Tennessee, United States July 31, 2015 Details
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July 28, 2015 Roseadele Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 Jasonw1979 Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 BOGwalker St Louis County, Minnesota, United States July 28, 2015 Details
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July 12, 2015 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 JRonan17 Herkimer County, New York, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 jrossbell@gmail.com Morgan County, Kentucky, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 jvkopple2 Ontario, Canada July 24, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 jvkopple2 Kalkaska County, Michigan, United States July 24, 2015 Details