Diana Fritillary (Speyeria diana)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Diana Fritillary.
Updated: 2/27/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.