DIANA FRITILLARY

Speyeria diana

Restricted to a few counties in northern Alabama and Mississippi that support rich hardwood forests.  A large, impressive butterfly with distinct sexual dimorphism.  The males are dark brown with orange wing margins on the dorsal surface, while the females are black with blue margins on the hindwing and white spots on the forewing.  Both the male and female have a solid colored hindwing on the ventral surface that lacks the silvery spots typical of other fritillaries.  Similar species: Great Spangled Fritillary

Adult female - dorsal

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Adult male - dorsal

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Adult male - ventral


Adult female - ventral


Adult males