Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly (Speyeria cybele)
This sparkling beauty has the typical orange and black fritillary pattern on the upper side of the wings with the silvery spangled areas on the underside of the wings. It has a wide yellow band between the silver spangles on the underside of the hind wing.
The Great Spangled Fritillary is a medium-sized butterfly that can fly quickly and easily seen while nectaring. They enjoy grassy prairie areas with a water source close, and the caterpillars feed on Violets, so a partially shaded area will benefit this winged beauty.