Great Spangled Fritillary

Our butterfly numbers have been low so far this spring.


Then, this morning, I found a great-spangled fritillary perched in my butterfly garden .


It didn’t mind my attention at all, and posed in poses I could use.


Great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele cybele) is a common butterfly in southern Illinois from mid-May through early October. Their wingspan of 2.6 to 3.5 inches makes them easy to spot.

8 responses to this post.

  1. I wonder if the cold/long winter has anything to do with it the low numbers.


    • We had a much colder and harsh winter than usual. They are a year-round residents here in southern Illinois. The female lays an egg near a violet plant. The egg hatches and the teeny caterpillar drinks water. It drinks water and doesn’t eat for 7 to 8 months. Then they start feeding on violets.


  2. Great picture !!!! These are top !! 🙂


  3. I know sometimes its not easy but they are perfect !!!!!


  4. I haven’t seen one here yet but I did finally see a dragonfly the other day.


  5. Gorgeous


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