Brushfoots: Regal Fritillary Speyeria idalia
|Size:||Wingspan ranges from 2.63" - 4.13"|
|Habitat:||Dry, tall grassy meadows|
|Flight Period:||Late June to mid-August|
|Larval Host Plant:||Arrow-leaved violet, bird's foot violet|
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Each year, generally in July, Fort Indiantown Gap offers free guided tours of the rare Regal Fritillary Butterfly habitat. It's definitely worth the trip! Special thanks go out to our tour guide, Jake, who went above and beyond the call of duty. This photo is an upperside view of a male.
Male trying to get the attention of an uninterested female. Note the size difference. The female is considerably larger and more colorful.