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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 ¬©

  Diana Fritillary  
Picture of Diana-Fritilliary-Butterfly

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.

Diana Fritillary Information

Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common Name: Diana Fritillary
Scientific Name: Speyeria diana
Other Name(s): Silverspot

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 76 mm to 98 mm (2.964 inches to 3.822 inches)
Identifying Colors: black, orange, brown, blue, white
Additional Descriptors: Appalachian, Ozarks, spots, flying, large, round

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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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