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A Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly was enjoying the nectar of a Bee balm or otherwise known as Monarda.

 

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Upper Peninsula of Michigan

 

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Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly on Swamp Milkweed, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Title quote by Ponce Denis Ecouchard Lebrun.

Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly on Butterfly Milkweed, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly at Swan Lake, NY Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Great Spangled Fritillary on Lantana (and yes, it was *very* hot out!)

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Walking in the open field of the old Mew Lake airfield in Algonquin Park, hundreds of these butterflies could be seen flitting among all the wildflowers.

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

In a meadow with wild Bee Balm...its wings were tattered and torn but it was still able to easily fly from flower to flower.

Ken Reid Conservation in Lindsay, Ontario

great spangled fritillary butterfly on Echinacea

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This time the critter was flying around the flowers drinking up the nectar. But, again I didn't have my big camera, though the iPhone did very well. I never noticed these particular butterflies before. Maybe they're around more this year, or maybe I'm just noticing them.

At least I think it's a Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly. I'm not very good at identifying them. But, I was out walking and saw this individual. So, naturally I had to take a picture. Beautiful colors...

Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly - explored

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, NJ/PA

I think my identification is correct. Photographed along the St. Joe River in Idaho.

The Great-spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) ranges across most of the U.S. and is the most common fritillary in the eastern U.S.

Things are getting very busy in the garden with so many varieties flying from plant to plant, many times will have 2 on one flower,

The flight season for great spangled fritillaries is just beginning. This fresh specimen was feeding on a flaming butterfly milkweed.

Notice that this great spangled fritillary is also nectaring on wild bergamot. If you are looking for a native wildflower that will attract an incredible array of pollinators, including butterflies and moths, this would be one!

This Spangled Fritillary Butterfly is enjoying that precious milkweed nectar !

 

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After never seeing one of these before this year, I am thrilled to have now seen three of them.

 

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Was absolutely thrilled to find this Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly, the first one I’ve ever seen. It was at the Urquhart Butterfly Garden in Dundas, a real treasure of a place with all kinds of butterflies and birds attracted by the lovely flowers now in bloom.

 

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Just returned from a few days in the Catskill mountains of New York. The warm sunny days and cool nights were a pleasant summer break!

This Great Spangled Fritillary and Hummingbird Clearwing Moth enjoyed this thistle together. It was so interesting to watch them interact with each other. Oh, I get such joy from observing God's creation!

Ice Age Trail - Table Rock Segment, Dane County, Wisconsin.

 

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Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly on Crown Vetch from the yard in PA.

 

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Cross Plains State Park (Undeveloped), Dane County, Wisconsin.

 

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Was thrilled to find this beauty today. The only other one I've ever seen was a couple of years ago.

Great Spangled Fritillary on Butterfly Weed

Butterfly (Nymphalidae family) / August, Habersham Co., Georgia, USA / Copyright ©2017 by William Tanneberger - All Rights Reserved.

 

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria Cybele)

 

Clarkesville, Georgia (Soque River - Pitts Park)

A great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly on Butterfly Weed in Matthaei Botanical Garden - Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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This late-season great spangled fritillary is getting some sweet sips from that blooming bull thistle flower, while simultaneously showing off its silver spangles!

Fritillaries in my area have been in lower than normal numbers this summer. I was glad to find and get a photo of this one.

Butterflies really do love Joe Pye Weed. In Mid Aug I found a series of small fields and meadows with a lot of joe Pye Weed blooming and there were a lot of butterflies there feeding.

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