The Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) is an extremely visually striking butterfly that can be found in forests, woods, meadows, open areas … really, a lot of places.

The Great Spangled Fritillary is very common in Maryland. It’s a fairly large butterfly, tends to rest with open wings and gives a fantastic display of bright orange with strong black patterns. Its wing color fades from a lighter to stronger orange, while black lines weave a web-like design and dots are placed along the hindwings.

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