Thursday, September 4, 2008

Great Spangled Fritillary

I love saying that. Great Spangled Fritillary. The whitish looking spots on this butterfly are really shiny silver spangles in the sun. Great Spangled Fritillary. Try saying it out loud. It is one of the first butterflies I learned after Monarch and Swallowtail. I found this one nectaring on the Rocket in my yard (I'm tellin' you this Ligularia is a butterfly magnet). I also love that their larval foodplant is violets. There is something very endearing about a caterpillar that prefers violets to all other food. What butterflies do you have in your yard?

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