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    Great Spangled Fritillary - (Speyeria cybele)

    The Great Spangled Fritillary has a different hue in different parts of the continent, adding a bit more difficulty in identify it.

    Staff Writer (7/22/2016): 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.

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    Great Spangled Fritillary

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Great Spangled Fritillary
    Scientific Name: Speyeria cybele

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Nymphalidae
           Genus: Speyeria
            Species: cybele

    Size (Adult, Length): 62mm to 88mm (2.44in to 3.46in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, black, yellow, white

    Additional Descriptors: flying, spotted, violets

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Georgia; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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