Greater Fritillary

Subject: butterfly or moth
Location: south eastern CT
July 10, 2014 11:15 am
this photo was taken in July in SE CT. the butterfly or moth is on butterfly weed. Can you identify it?
Signature: curious

Greater Fritillary
Greater Fritillary

Dear curious,
This gorgeous butterfly is a Greater Fritillary in the genus
Speyeria, and as you can see from BugGuide, there are many similar looking species.  We suspect this is most likely a Great Spangled Fritillary, Speyeria cybele.

thank you so much.  I was looking on a CT insects web site, but there are so many different, but similar pictures, I didn’t know where to start.

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