what type of butterfly is this
August 14, 2009
this little butterfly was in our front yard most of the morning…ive never seen this type here before
newaygo county Michigan
Dear w genson,
What gorgeous photos. This is a Great Spangled Fritillary, Speyeria cybele. Often we are reluctant to identify Fritillaries to the species level, but we are pretty confident with this one. The caterpillars of Fritillaries eat violet leaves. BugGuide has many photos for comparison.
You may also see the other members of the genus on Bugguide.