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Aphrodite Fritillary
Speyeria aphrodite
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General Description

By Nora Bryan

The handsome Aphrodite Fritillary lives across Alberta, except the mountains and the northern boreal forest. They are on the wing mainly in July and August.

The Aphrodite fritillary has the characteristic orange and dark brown markings of Fritillaries in general. This large fritillary is one of the ‘greater fritillaries’ and has a wingspan of 60 to 70 mm (2 ¼ to 2 ¾ in.). It is hard to distingusih the several species that we have in Alberta. Some clues to distinguish this fritillary from other large fritillaries is that the margins on the upper side of the forewings are not solid black. The black veins on the wings of the male are not as wide as those on other fritillaries. The underside of the wing sports the silvery spangles common to fritillaries, but the reddish-orange shading around the spangles diffuses into the pale sub-marginal band which is narrower than in similar species.

The brown caterpillars sport orange sides and black stripes. Like those of most fritillaries, the caterpillars emerge from hiding at night to feed on violet leaves.

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Where to find Aphrodite Fritillaries in Alberta   

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Aphrodite Fritillary Behaviour   

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Recent Aphrodite Fritillary Reports in Alberta

No. Location Reporter Date
3 Town of Brooks round 2010/08/04
2 Town of Brooks round 2010/07/09
1 Town of Brooks round 2009/09/02
1 Town of Brooks round 2009/08/30
1 Town of Brooks round 2009/08/27

Aphrodite Fritillary Hotspots in Alberta

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