Great Spangled Fritillary

A Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cycbele krautwurmi), photographed on Mt. Arvon, July 2005.

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Klenke

Klenke - Oct 26, 2006 6:42 pm - Hasn't voted

Not a Speckled Wood

This is not a speckled wood. I was thinking it looked more like the familiar crescent. Not sure which particular species of crescent, though.

Alpinist

Alpinist - Oct 26, 2006 7:08 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Not a Speckled Wood

Thanks for the correction. I've not found anything that looks just like it on the web. There is a wide variety in patterns in the various Crescent subspecies, but that looks the closest to it that I've seen so far.

Alpinist

Alpinist - Oct 26, 2006 7:40 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Not a Speckled Wood

After doing some further research, it appears to be in the Fritillary family. I think it is the female Great Basin Fritillary.

Klenke

Klenke - Oct 26, 2006 9:52 pm - Hasn't voted

A Great Basin Fritillary

Indeed, I think you've got it. Nice sleuthing. I note your link says "no record" for outside of the blue area. Well, your picture is the new record. You might consider contacting them about your range expansion discovery.

Alpinist

Alpinist - Oct 27, 2006 12:56 am - Hasn't voted

Re: A Great Basin Fritillary

Thanks, that's a great idea. I sent them an email. I'll post a reply when I hear from back them.

Alpinist

Alpinist - Oct 30, 2006 3:36 am - Hasn't voted

Re: A Great Basin Fritillary

The experts tell me that this butterfly is a Great Spangled Fritillary, and this is within its normal range. Looks right to me now that I've seen the photo.

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