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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July 13, 2014 snoone Orange County, New York, United States July 28, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 28, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 27, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 smkessler Thurston County, Washington, United States July 24, 2014 Details
August 15, 2012 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada July 23, 2014 Details
August 19, 2012 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada July 23, 2014 Details
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July 12, 2014 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States July 22, 2014 Details
June 24, 2014 Triumph790 Polk County, Iowa, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 a-o Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 cyric Washington County, Rhode Island, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 ECapaldi Union County, Pennsylvania, United States July 20, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States July 17, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States July 17, 2014 Details
June 17, 2014 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada July 17, 2014 Details
June 28, 2014 rjcohrs Hancock County, Indiana, United States July 16, 2014 Details
August 07, 2013 julmast Elkhart County, Indiana, United States July 16, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 treichard Sussex County, New Jersey, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 11, 2014 Daryl Hutton Ontario, Canada July 13, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 AnnL Todd County, Minnesota, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 AnnL Todd County, Minnesota, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 gergeltj Otsego County, New York, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 09, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 12, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 12, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 treichard Sussex County, New Jersey, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 11, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 12, 2014 Details
June 25, 2014 grosenberry Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 10, 2014 Details
June 27, 2013 Pysanky Pittsburgh Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States July 10, 2014 Details
June 27, 2013 Pysanky Pittsburgh Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States July 10, 2014 Details
August 03, 2013 Pysanky Pittsburgh Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States July 10, 2014 Details
June 27, 2014 ktcg1979 Union County, Pennsylvania, United States July 10, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States July 10, 2014 Details
May 10, 2012 dawnieg8657 Cecil County, Maryland, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 cedareden Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 Cathy Miller Sevier County, Tennessee, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 Doug Bruce Carter County, Tennessee, United States July 08, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 Katherine Halley Dane County, Wisconsin, United States July 07, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 Carmel Mothersill Ontario, Canada July 06, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 mrcnaturally Westchester County, New York, United States July 06, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 peggyt67 Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States June 26, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 Alannj Baltimore County, Maryland, United States June 25, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 giniasperry Carroll County, Maryland, United States June 25, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada June 25, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 J_Bloom4417 Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States June 25, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 KristyBaker Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States June 22, 2014 Details
June 16, 2014 Beverly Carter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States June 20, 2014 Details
June 17, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 18, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 Doug Bruce Meigs County, Tennessee, United States June 09, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 J_Bloom4417 Fairfax County, Virginia, United States June 09, 2014 Details