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  • Diana Fritillary - (Speyeria diana)

    Diana Fritillary - (Speyeria diana)

    The large and round Diana Fritillary is a butterfly that makes an impression whether it is the orange male or a blue female.

    Picture of Diana Fritillary
    Staff Writer (6/22/2017): Diana Fritillary butterflies are large and their coloring is vivid. Males look very different from females and may be mistaken as separate species. Males are a black brown with thick orange borders around their wings. Black distal dots on the forewings are near where the two colors meet. Females are black with a spotted white border on the forewings, but a bright blue border with black spots on the hindwings.

    The caterpillar is black and fleshy with what look like orange-red nodes ringing each segment. These nodes have black spines projecting out of them. These larvae feed on violets.

    Look for adults on the wing in the Ozark and Appalachian mountain regions throughout the summer and early autumn in areas near water. Elevated woodlands with creeks or streams offer a moist atmosphere that this species enjoys.

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    Diana Fritillary

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Diana Fritillary
    Scientific Name: Speyeria diana
    Other Names: Silverspot

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Nymphalidae
           Genus: Speyeria
            Species: diana

    Size (Adult, Length): 76mm to 98mm (2.99in to 3.86in)

    Identifying Colors: black, orange, brown, blue, white

    Additional Descriptors: Appalachian, Ozarks, spots, flying, large, round

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Georgia; Kentucky; Mississippi; Missouri; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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