Monday, July 6, 2015

Natures Gift to Me on the 4th of July !!!

While walking the garden this 4th of July morning, I almost 
literally stepped on this beauty sitting in the grass sunning himself, 
drying his wings! 

This is the book I read to my grandchildren and sure enough inside 
is this beautiful butterfly with a little description of it,

The great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family.
Here he is fanning and drying his wings just out of the cocoon.

I tried to get a shot his silver spots, he kept hiding in the coverage around the 
Jack in the Pulpit

These first two pictures are mine the next two I found on the internet,

Its wingspan ranges from 62 to 88 mm (2.4 to 3.5 in).[1] It is characterized by its orange color above with five black dashes near fore wing base and several irregular black dashes at the base of the hind wing. In addition, two rows of black crescents run along the edges of the wings. Below, the forewing is yellowish-orange with black marks similar to the upperside, with a few silver spots on the tip of the wing. The hindwing is reddish-brown with silver spots on the base and middle of the wing. A broad yellow band and silver triangles are the most notable qualities on the wing, next to the brown margin. Females tend to be darker than males and individuals from the western reaches of this species range tend to be brighter orange. Similar species include the Aphrodite fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite), the Atlantis fritillary (Speyeria atlantis) and the northwestern fritillary (Speyeria hesperis). It is distinguished from the Aphrodite and Atlantis fritillaries by a wide light submarginal band on the hindwing and instead of black spots, black dashes form on the margins of the fore wing.

The great spangled fritillary covers a wide range of North America stretching from southern Canada to northern California on the West to North Carolina on the East. Prime habitat for this species includes moist meadows and woodland edges.

Various species of native violets have reported to serve as a larval host plant for the great spangled fritillary, including the native round-leaf violet (Viola rotundifolia), the arrow-leaf violet (Viola fimbriatula) and the common blue violet (Viola sororia).[3][4]

What a blessing to see in my own yard,
Last year on exactly the same day and morning this beauty was found

Mourning Cloak

Gee, now I can't wait until next year's 4th of July!!!!

Well......, I can but you know what I mean, 

Blessings for the fourth, the 2 weeks of rain stopped,
we had a beautiful sunny day and night for fireworks,
Family and Friends, ice cream, 
Town Parade, 


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