Diana Fritillary (Speyeria diana)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Diana Fritillary, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 6/22/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The large and round Diana Fritillary is a butterfly that makes an impression whether it is the orange male or a blue female.
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.