Home / Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae) / Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)

Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)

Aphrodite Fritillary
wisconsinbutterflies.org

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

Caterpillar

Aphrodite Fritillary Caterpillar
discoverlife.org

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.

Scientific Classification

  • Family: Nymphalidae
  • Genus: Speyeria
  • Scientific Name: Speyeria aphrodite

Pupa

The chrysalis is brownish black in coloration and has yellow wing cases. The abdomen region is gray and has spines.

Adult Butterfly

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.

Aphrodite Fritillary Butterfly
naba.org
Speyeria Aphrodite
butterfliesandmoths.org

Average wingspan: 51 to 73 mm

Flight pattern: Average pace with erratic flaps

Eggs

Reddish brown in color, and laid one at a time on the leaves of violet plants

Quick Facts

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.
Male Aphrodite Fritillary
bugguide.net
Female Aphrodite Fritillary
butterfliesandmoths.org
Aphrodite Fritillary Host Plant
objects.liquidweb.services

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.