Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 745358

Great Spangled Fritillary
Speyeria cybele

Observation date: August 26, 2012
Submitted by: ellenjones6
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I am unsure whether this is an Atlantis or an Aphrodite. Can you clarify? If so, what should I look for to distinguish between these two butterflies. For the Aphrodite, I have been told to look for a "black dot near FW base above hind edge," but I have studied many photos of this insect and I have yet to find this black dot. Please clarify!
Status: Resident
Verified by: layberry
Verified date: October 14, 2012
Coordinator notes: You are correct about that black dot; it should be in the long rectangular cell along the trailing edge of the forwing. It is quite distinct, this specimen does not have it. Atlantis sometimes has that spot, though usually not, and cybele never does. This one is a cybele because of the wide spacing bwetween the outer edge of the dark basal colouring and the wing edge. Ross Layberry
Checklist region(s): United States, New York, Franklin County