Fritillaries can give you a headache when it comes to identification. Most individuals are orange in color with similar looking patterns of black on the top of the wings. It’s the pattern of dots and colors on the underside of the wings that are the most helpful for identification. That’s why we love female great spangled fritillaries. Unlike the orange-colored males, the females are generally black with a creamy white border …by far the easiest fritillary to quickly identify.
Photo by Ann and Mark Mason on 9/10/20 in Libby, MT