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Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly

The Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) is a common butterlfy found in meadows and roadsides, mostly in the eastern U.S. but also found in the west. Its coloration tends to orange and black, and has a wingspan in the 2.5" - 4.0" range.

Its larval foodplant is violets.

Great Spangled Fritillary Life Cycle Stages and Times

Stage Typical Duration
Egg stage 10 to 15 days
Caterpillar (larval) stage Overwinters
Chrysalis (pupal) stage 14 to 24 days
Adult butterfly stage 2 to 10 weeks

 

Photo of the Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly

Great Spangled Fritillary on a Red Clover blossom, Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania.
Great Spangled Fritillary
Photo by and courtesy of Peter Livengood

 

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