Friday, July 3, 2015

Great Spangled Fritillary

Great Spangled Fritillary, Speyeria cybele, Pittsburgh, 2015

While out in search of more (ever more) heal-all, Prunella vulgaris, I came upon a flutter of butterflies feasting on milkweed nectar.  See, this is why you can't just spray the fuck out of everything just so that you don't have aphids or slugs because you kill everything.  EVERY.  THING.  If you allow areas to simply go wild with native species, then you have an abundance of life.
Anyway, once home I searched the butterflies and discovered that they are Great Spangled Fritillary, a bright coppery colored downy butterfly.
UPDATE:  The butterflies are eating Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata.  The prime difference between common milkweed and swamp milkweed is that the former has a broad leaf, and the latter has a lance shaped leaf.

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