The Great Spangled Fritillary has the typical orange and black fritillary pattern on the upper side of the wings with silvery spangled areas on the underside of the wings. It has a wide yellow band between the silver spangles on the underside of the hind wing.
Great Spangled Fritillary Facts
Butterfly Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)
Butterfly Subfamily: Heliconiinae
Butterfly Wingspan: 2 1/2 – 4 inches
Butterfly Habitat: Open, moist places including fields, valleys, pastures, meadows, open woodland, and prairies.
Great Spangled Fritillary Host and Nectar Plants
- Violet (Viola species)
- Mountain Laurel
- Red Clover
- Purple Coneflower
- Joe-Pye Weed