One of our favorite butterfly families, the Fritillary offers much color and geographic distribution. Their name is derived from the Latin word, fritillus, meaning chessboard; it is also the name of a flower featuring a checkered pattern.
There are fourteen species of the greater fritillaries (genus Speyeria) and sixteen lesser fritillaries (genus Bolloria). Most are orange and black with various checkered designs. Many are similar, and difficult to identify.
This video showcases the more common Fritillaries found in North America.
It runs less than 3 minutes, so sit back and enjoy ... and turn up your volume for some easy-listening music!
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