The large and round Diana Fritillary is a butterfly that makes a different impression depending on its gender.
Diana Fritillary butterflies are large and their coloring is vivid. Males look very different from females and may even be mistaken for a separate species. The center of the male's wings are black and have thick orange borders around the edges. Black distal dots on the forewings punctuate the orange band along the border. Females also have a black center, but have a bright blue border on the bottom of the hindwings. This edge is also studded with black distal dots. Bright, white dots form rows on the forewings.
The caterpillar of the Diana Fritillary butterfly is black and fleshy with what look like orange-red nodes ringing each segment. These nodes have black spines projecting out of them. The 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.
Scientific Name: Speyeria diana
Other Name(s): Silverspot
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 76mm to 98mm (2.96in to 3.82in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.