Species Page: Great Spangled Fritillary (Argynnis cybele)

Great Spangled Fritillay

Argynnis cybele (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Occasional local resident. Can be abundant in favorable habitats.

NENHP Rank: Not listed

Range: The Great Spangled Fritillary occupies roughly the northern half of the United States and the southern half of Canada. It is widely distributed across Nebraska, but absent in the southwest.

Larval Hostplant(s): Violets (Viola sp.)

Broods/Flight Times: One extended flight from mid to late June, with females living into September

Overwintering: As newly hatched larvae.

Habitat: Prairies and woodland margins.

Avg. Wingspan:  2 1/2 – 4 inches

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Similar Species: Aphrodite Fritillary


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