Great Spangled Fritillary


Found from coast to coast, this species is far more common in the East, where it is the most widespread and common greater fritillary.  Look for the wide, cream-colored, post-median band on the underside of the hindwing to distinguish this species from close relatives.


Meadows, grasslands, fields, large woodland openings and suburbia. 

Flight Period

Mainly June-Sept.

Caterpillar Foodplants

Violets (Viola).

Scientific Information

Scientific Name - Speyeria cybele

Related Butterflies/Subspecies