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 15, 2014 dpn-wcf Story County, Iowa, United States August 17, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 rrbold Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States August 17, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 satchmo0802 Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 Jim Lyons Okanogan County, Washington, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 mothernature1109 Okanogan County, Washington, United States August 12, 2014 Details
August 10, 2014 abartels Menominee County, Michigan, United States August 12, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 kreinerk Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States August 11, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States August 11, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 Paul Tavares Ontario, Canada August 10, 2014 Details
August 09, 2014 ehaite Saratoga County, New York, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 05, 2014 KansasBonnie Butler County, Kansas, United States August 08, 2014 Details
July 29, 2014 whaas Carbon County, Wyoming, United States August 07, 2014 Details
August 07, 2014 EeyoreWG Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States August 07, 2014 Details
June 06, 2014 osprey1984 Ritchie County, West Virginia, United States August 07, 2014 Details
July 30, 2014 justramblingon Connecticut, United States August 06, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 jones.a Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States August 06, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 KristyBaker DeKalb County, Tennessee, United States August 06, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 Sue Orlowski Whitman County, Washington, United States August 05, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 04, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 doghouse York County, Maine, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 cyric Providence County, Rhode Island, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 cyric Washington County, Rhode Island, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 Lauenstein Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States July 31, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 cocoababy15 Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 11, 2014 sailore9ret York County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 nonewsnow Fulton County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 mmwm Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 29, 2014 Details
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
July 20, 2013 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada July 23, 2014 Details
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