A (large) Fritillary on a Coast Range Hike

More than one kind of frilillary erupts in coast range meadows, balds and disturbed areas in late summer. I can't specifically identify this one any closer.

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donhaller3

donhaller3 - Aug 1, 2007 1:33 am - Hasn't voted

Upon posting to the unidentified album

My guess is that this is either a Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) or a Zerene Fritillary (S. zerene). I come to these suggestions by eliminating all other large as not likely to be here in Clatsop County. See:

http://www.registryofnaturehabitats.org/resource/distr/lepid/bflyusa/chklist/states/counties/or_7.htm

This is for wildlife id kind of like being top-roped while taking drugs for acrophobia--not the way it should be done.

Access to state and county butterfly checklists can be had through:

http://www.registryofnaturehabitats.org/resource/distr/lepid/bflyusa/chklist/states/

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