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 06, 2013 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 20, 2014 Details
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August 19, 2012 JoshB1983 Floyd County, Indiana, United States March 14, 2014 Details
July 13, 2013 Becky Byrum Delaware County, Indiana, United States March 14, 2014 Details
August 18, 2013 J_Martineau Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States February 12, 2014 Details
May 29, 2013 Dragnchik Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States February 07, 2014 Details
July 09, 2013 organlady Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States February 07, 2014 Details
July 16, 2011 a-o Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States February 06, 2014 Details
June 09, 2013 jaybird36 Morris County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
June 09, 2013 lepisolli Sussex County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
August 12, 2013 Marteke Morris County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
September 07, 2013 jhockabout Iowa, United States January 20, 2014 Details
July 04, 2013 JCrazed Parke County, Indiana, United States January 16, 2014 Details
August 02, 2013 TheAccidentalLepidopterist Orange County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
July 22, 2013 hollo005 Durham County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 Dave Fairall Alleghany County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
June 10, 2011 UrsulaV Chatham County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
August 10, 2013 dpgbfly1 Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States October 14, 2013 Details
September 27, 2013 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States September 28, 2013 Details
September 19, 2013 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States September 24, 2013 Details
September 19, 2013 oceanwave4 Upshur County, West Virginia, United States September 20, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 SallyS Wisconsin, United States September 19, 2013 Details
August 23, 2013 sandyreynolds Lincoln County, Montana, United States September 19, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 sdbarker7277 Bledsoe County, Tennessee, United States September 19, 2013 Details
August 09, 2013 David Allen Jones Sawyer County, Wisconsin, United States September 17, 2013 Details
July 26, 2013 jani Manitoba, Canada September 17, 2013 Details
August 13, 2013 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States September 17, 2013 Details
September 17, 2013 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States September 17, 2013 Details
September 08, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States September 12, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 Doug Bruce Macon County, Tennessee, United States September 10, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 aarongunnar Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, United States September 09, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 aarongunnar Juneau County, Wisconsin, United States September 09, 2013 Details
July 21, 2013 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States September 09, 2013 Details
August 31, 2013 Peggy O Forest County, Wisconsin, United States September 09, 2013 Details
September 01, 2013 aarongunnar Burnett County, Wisconsin, United States September 09, 2013 Details
August 31, 2013 Mark Wheeler Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States September 09, 2013 Details
August 30, 2013 Ernie Hunter Ontario, Canada September 08, 2013 Details
July 28, 2013 Barren butters Barren County, Kentucky, United States September 04, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 pahtspix Essex County, Massachusetts, United States September 03, 2013 Details
July 20, 2013 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States September 03, 2013 Details
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August 24, 2013 dendroica5 Herkimer County, New York, United States September 03, 2013 Details
September 10, 2012 1velvetcat Essex County, Massachusetts, United States September 03, 2013 Details
July 31, 2012 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States September 01, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 Angelabugs Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States August 30, 2013 Details
August 23, 2013 kellumrs Jackson County, Michigan, United States August 27, 2013 Details