Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
The Aphrodite Fritillary is a species of North American butterflies that are seen flying between May and July. Found in seven local subspecies, it is often confused for a similar-looking species called Great Spangled Fritillary. Aphrodite fritillaries have a relatively longer life than many other species.
Description and Identification
The mature larva is brownish-black in color bearing brown spines. The dorsal side of the head is light orange, whereas the ventral side is black.
The chrysalis is brownish black in coloration and has yellow wing cases. The abdomen region is gray and has spines.
Sexual Dimorphism: Not present
Color and Appearance: When the wings are open, the dorsal side displays several rows of black dots or chevrons at the edges of the wings and some black or brown lines more proximally. When the wings are closed, the ventral sides also exhibit an orange base coloration with s few rows of white dots.
Average wingspan: 51 to 73 mm
Flight pattern: Average pace with erratic flaps
Reddish brown in color, and laid one at a time on the leaves of violet plants
|Distribution||Throughout North America|
|Habitat||Humid prairies, openings in barren lands, high mountain meadows,brushland, dry fields, open oak woods, and bogs|
|Lifespan of adults||Probably lives for about one year|
|Host plants||Mainly the leaves of plants belonging to the violet family|
|Adult diet||Flower nectar; also known to feed on dung|
Did You Know?
- The species exhibits a ‘solar positive’ strategy of thermoregulation by flying towards the sunlight to maintain or regulate the temperature of the body.