Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Great spangled, a favorite summer butterfly
The fritillaries are brush-foot butterflies—they lack claws on their front feet—that range throughout the South. Most species are medium- to large-sized and are overall orangish-brown with wavy black lines or spots.
Look for them on the flowers planted around the plaza and meadow.
The great spangled fritillary, Speyeria cybele, can be found through August on nectar sources such as common milkweed, thistles and Joe-Pye weed, and in this case, on purple coneflower.
- Text and photo by Stephen Lyn Bales