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 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
July 30, 2015 CA Ivy Washington County, Arkansas, United States July 31, 2015 Details
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
July 21, 2015 jim8435wisc Clark County, Wisconsin, United States July 28, 2015 Details
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
July 10, 2015 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 22, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 LexiHale Thurston County, Washington, United States July 22, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 20, 2015 Details
September 26, 2014 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 20, 2010 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 19, 2015 Details
September 25, 2014 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 stephen stedman Clay County, Tennessee, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 stephen stedman Pickett County, Tennessee, United States July 19, 2015 Details
September 20, 2014 mellielong Lawrence County, Kentucky, United States July 18, 2015 Details
June 18, 2010 ncrosbyrd Rabun County, Georgia, United States July 16, 2015 Details
September 14, 2013 ncrosbyrd Murray County, Georgia, United States July 16, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States July 15, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States July 15, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 bkruse1950 Mason County, Michigan, United States July 15, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 14, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 maria.hoffman6@gmail.com Suffolk County, New York, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 Tindomul1of9 Essex County, New York, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 madamejude Ontario, Canada July 12, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 Gardens by Renata Jelito Westchester County, New York, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 stephen stedman Smith County, Tennessee, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 jpviolette Somerset County, New Jersey, United States July 09, 2015 Details
July 25, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 08, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 treichard Forest County, Pennsylvania, United States July 08, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 nwhitman Lake County, Illinois, United States July 08, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 Brendamouse Allen County, Indiana, United States July 07, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 a.d.levine Orange County, New York, United States July 07, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 Jarchibold Orange County, New York, United States July 07, 2015 Details
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July 06, 2015 monikawood Steuben County, New York, United States July 07, 2015 Details
June 29, 2015 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States July 06, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 Safnd0 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States July 06, 2015 Details
June 29, 2015 JRonan17 Herkimer County, New York, United States July 05, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 EarlyDawnPhotography Grant County, Kentucky, United States July 05, 2015 Details