Great Spangled Fritillary
This large, bright orange butterfly has a pale band and large silver spots, or "spangles," on the underside of its hindwings.
The most common fritillary in our area, Great Spangled Fritillaries frequent moist, open areas. Look for this flashy butterfly, nicknamed the "queen of the meadow," in fields, open woods and along stream valleys.
The Great Spangled Fritillary lays its eggs on or near violets.
Photos: Kim Hosen; Merrimac Farm, June 2007