Butterfly #22 — Great Spangled Fritillary

speyeria cybele

Friday, July 7, 2006 — 1:50 pm

Cary, Illinois — Main Street Prairie

 I took a slow walk to the prairie with my binoculars to look for butterflies. There weren’t many around — scattered Cabbage Whites and Monarchs and some medium-sized black jobbers who wouldn’t land.

Two Fritillaries were flapping around the prairie by the barn, the part of the prairie that is original. When they landed on a flower, they usually stayed put for several minutes, allowing me to take some photos. They were large, like the Monarch that was nearby, and very pretty.

The next two photos were taken at a different time and place.

Great Spangled Fritillary - Lyon's Prairie 7/15/07

Great Spangled Fritillary - Lyon's Prairie 7/15/07

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