Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)

Common in the mountains of NC, this species is similar in appearance to Great Spangled Fritillary, and careful study is usually required to differentiate the two in the field.

The best field mark is that this species has a narrow light yellowish submarginal border between the silver spots on the underside of the hindwing. (Great Spangled shows a wide light orange band there.)

Although single brooded, this large, showy butterfly flies from May into September and is often found in the same meadows as Great Spangleds.


Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite) Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Ashe Co., NC
12 July 2008
Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite) Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Ashe Co., NC
12 July 2008

Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite) Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite) Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Buncombe Co., NC
13 July 2011

Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite) Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Ashe Co., NC
12 July 2008
Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Ashe Co., NC
12 July 2008

Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite) Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Alleghany Co., NC
1 July 2006
Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Alleghany Co., NC
1 July 2006

Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite aphrodite)
Watauga Co., NC
23 Aug 2016

Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite aphrodite)
Wilkes Co., NC
24 Aug 2016

Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite) Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)

The late Ron Gatrelle suggested to me that these individuals are likely intergrades between two subspecies: (Speyeria aphrodite aphrodite) and (Speyeria aphrodite cullasaja) but are closer to the former.

Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Watauga Co., NC
27 June 2004
Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Watauga Co., NC
27 June 2004


Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite) Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite)
Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite alcestis)
Allegan Co., MI
5 July 2004
Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite alcestis)
Allegan Co., MI
5 July 2004

Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite ethne)
Royal Gorge, Fremont Co., CO
11 July 2016

Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite ethne)
Rock Creek, El Paso Co., CO
9 July 2016


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