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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May 30, 2016 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States November 06, 2016 Details
September 24, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
May 27, 2016 angela rudolph Jackson County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
September 11, 2016 mysaanan2003 Washington County, Rhode Island, United States October 26, 2016 Details
August 20, 2016 theresaB Montezuma County, Colorado, United States October 02, 2016 Details
July 14, 2016 richtrebbien Valley County, Idaho, United States September 20, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 Anne Wills Mason County, West Virginia, United States September 18, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 18, 2016 Details
August 27, 2016 Allen Gathman Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States September 15, 2016 Details
September 01, 2016 monikawood Tioga County, New York, United States September 10, 2016 Details
September 08, 2016 joep01 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States September 08, 2016 Details
September 05, 2016 joep01 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States September 06, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 Doug Bruce Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 stephen stedman Macon County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
July 20, 2016 johngor Ontario, Canada September 04, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 jjweber Taos County, New Mexico, United States September 01, 2016 Details
September 01, 2016 Reba121 Fulton County, New York, United States September 01, 2016 Details
August 22, 2016 Karen Adams Franklin County, Ohio, United States August 31, 2016 Details
August 28, 2016 maryjanzen Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 25, 2016 Hank Webster Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 28, 2016 Anne Wills Cabell County, West Virginia, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 29, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 27, 2016 KristenR White County, Tennessee, United States August 27, 2016 Details
August 23, 2016 Ruruyoyo Monroe County, New York, United States August 23, 2016 Details
August 14, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 elegrand Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 Wendie Washington County, Tennessee, United States August 13, 2016 Details
August 03, 2016 Alan71Murphy Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, United States August 05, 2016 Details
July 17, 2016 wjwky88 Estill County, Kentucky, United States August 02, 2016 Details
August 23, 2015 wjwky88 Estill County, Kentucky, United States August 01, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 12, 2016 jwilkinson Frederick County, Maryland, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 19, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 22, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 30, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 emitter Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States July 30, 2016 Details
June 28, 2016 Cekeys Montgomery County, Maryland, United States July 30, 2016 Details
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