The Great Spangled Fritillary has a different hue in different parts of the continent, adding a bit more difficulty in identify it.
Apart from Mexico and some southern states in the U.S., the Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly can be found almost everywhere and anywhere. Look for them in gardens, parks, roadsides, meadows and open fields. They are a deep orange color in western areas, a light yellow color in central states and provinces and a mild orange color in the eastern part of North America. Look for them near violets, the preferred food source for hungry caterpillars.
Scientific Name: Speyeria cybele
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 62mm to 88mm (2.42in to 3.43in)
Note: 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 as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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.