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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January 01, 1894 legacy.reporter (unknown) Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1900 legacy.reporter (Britton) New Haven County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1902 legacy.reporter (Moore) New Haven County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1907 legacy.reporter (unknown) Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1914 legacy.reporter (Johnson) New Haven County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1916 legacy.reporter (unknown) Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1918 legacy.reporter (unknown) Windham County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1919 legacy.reporter (unknown) New Haven County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1920 legacy.reporter (unknown) Windham County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 10, 1921 legacy.reporter (J. A. Comstock) Shasta County, California, United States January 04, 2010 Details
January 01, 1922 legacy.reporter (Rogers) New Haven County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1930 legacy.reporter (unknown) Hartford County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1930 legacy.reporter (unknown) Windham County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1931 legacy.reporter (Reid) New London County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1932 legacy.reporter (Lacroix) Hartford County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1933 legacy.reporter (Johnson) Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1933 legacy.reporter (Johnson) Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 23, 1933 legacy.reporter (John S. Garth) Mariposa County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
August 02, 1933 legacy.reporter (John S. Garth) Mariposa County, California, United States December 16, 2009 Details
June 03, 1934 legacy.reporter (Grimshaw, Florence) Laclede County, Missouri, United States March 12, 2007 Details
January 01, 1937 legacy.reporter (unknown) Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1939 legacy.reporter (Johnson) New Haven County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1939 legacy.reporter (Starrett) Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1940 legacy.reporter (Starrett) Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1941 legacy.reporter (Johnson) New Haven County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1941 legacy.reporter (Sanford) Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1941 legacy.reporter (Starrett) Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1942 legacy.reporter (unknown) Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1943 legacy.reporter (Morton) New Haven County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1943 legacy.reporter (unknown) New Haven County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1946 legacy.reporter (Morton) New Haven County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1947 legacy.reporter (Morton) New Haven County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1949 legacy.reporter (Remington) New Haven County, Connecticut, United States May 01, 2011 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Bergen County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Burlington County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Camden County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cape May County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Essex County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mercer County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Morris County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Ocean County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Passaic County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Salem County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Somerset County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sussex County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Union County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details