Great Spangled Fritillary

I clicked this butterfly while accompanying my son to a cricket field in Charlottesville, Virginia. I was taking a walk in the nearby grounds when I spotted this bright orange  butterfly sitting on the ground. It sat long enough for me to click some pictures.
Great Spangled Fritillary is a large butterfly. When the wings are folded, you can see the large silver spots on the underside of its hindwings. It is commonly found in moist, open fields, as I found one near a stream. It is known to lay its eggs on violets.
Place: Charlottesville, Virginia
Order:     Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae

Photo: Chandana Roy

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