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 28, 2016 davidboon Macomb County, Michigan, United States July 29, 2016 Details
July 19, 2016 glmcvickers555 Lewis County, Tennessee, United States July 29, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 Beth Love Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 20, 2016 Ron Smith Clarion County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 Ron Smith Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 12, 2016 Gilbert_28 Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States July 27, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 hbhwmc New York, United States July 26, 2016 Details
July 21, 2010 beastbreath Beaver Island County, Michigan, United States July 24, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 dendroica5 Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States July 24, 2016 Details
July 22, 2016 rdcpics York County, Pennsylvania, United States July 23, 2016 Details
July 23, 2016 davidwdroppers Kittitas County, Washington, United States July 23, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada July 21, 2016 Details
June 22, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States July 18, 2016 Details
July 18, 2016 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada July 18, 2016 Details
July 12, 2016 joep01 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States July 14, 2016 Details
July 11, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 14, 2016 Details
July 13, 2016 johngor Ontario, Canada July 13, 2016 Details
July 10, 2016 papaegan Westchester County, New York, United States July 12, 2016 Details
July 12, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 12, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States July 11, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 monikawood Yates County, New York, United States July 11, 2016 Details
June 28, 2016 Karen Adams Franklin County, Ohio, United States July 10, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 Karen Adams Franklin County, Ohio, United States July 10, 2016 Details
July 10, 2016 Smitty54 McLean County, Illinois, United States July 10, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 joep01 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States July 09, 2016 Details
June 18, 2016 Tindomul1of9 Dutchess County, New York, United States July 07, 2016 Details
June 29, 2016 Tindomul1of9 Orange County, New York, United States July 07, 2016 Details
July 05, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 07, 2016 Details
July 06, 2016 whhowe Ontario County, New York, United States July 07, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 jvkopple2 Kalkaska County, Michigan, United States July 06, 2016 Details
July 01, 2016 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States July 05, 2016 Details
July 01, 2016 gerryanimator Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States July 05, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 backyardobserver Ontario, Canada July 03, 2016 Details
June 18, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States July 01, 2016 Details
June 29, 2016 Eyesopen Du Page County, Illinois, United States June 29, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 Likeafox Summit County, Ohio, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 22, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States June 23, 2016 Details
June 19, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States June 20, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 Doug Bruce Carter County, Tennessee, United States June 17, 2016 Details
June 14, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States June 16, 2016 Details
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June 15, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States June 16, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States June 16, 2016 Details
June 14, 2016 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States June 16, 2016 Details
June 12, 2016 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States June 16, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 kkuecker26 Illinois, United States June 15, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States June 15, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 joep01 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States June 15, 2016 Details
August 21, 2012 virginia.reif Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States June 14, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 PDunwiddie St Charles County, Missouri, United States June 14, 2016 Details