Great Spangled Fritillary

Argynnis cybele (ar-GIN-iss sy-BEE-lee)

Great Spangled Fritillary - Townsend, Massachusetts, USA  20-June-2013 [Damian Pinguey]
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Checklist Number
59.0201

Family:NymphalidaeRafinesque, 1815
Subfamily:HeliconiinaeSwainson, 1827
Tribe:ArgynniniSwainson, 1833
Genus:ArgynnisFabricius, 1807
Subgenus:SpeyeriaScudder, 1872
Species:cybele(Fabricius, 1775)

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Introduction

This is a North American species and a single specimen was caught in 1833 near Leamington in Warwickshire. It is believed that the individual was accidentally transported to Britain in an immature stage. A full description of this record is given in Mead-Briggs (2010).

Argynnis cybele Historic Specimens

This species was first defined in Fabricius (1775) as shown here (type locality: America).

Great Spangled Fritillary - Townsend, Massachusetts, USA  20-June-2013 [Damian Pinguey]

Male
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Great Spangled Fritillary - New Jersey, USA 7-Aug-2011 [Damian Pinguey]

Male Underside
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S. cybele  Ontario 2006

Female
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S. cybele  Ontario 2006

Female Underside
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History

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Conservation Status

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Habitat

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Distribution

2. Adventive
 

This species is considered an adventive, which is a species which arrives in the British Isles with the direct assistance of an external vector, without which it would not be present. Adventives are species that one would not expect to find in this country, either through inadvertent migration or through any other natural means of dispersal, with the exception perhaps of the most extreme meteorological event or possibly the transportation of a stage in the life cycle in a highly unlikely but natural means (e.g. an ovum or larva being transported upon the foot, bill, or plumage of a migratory bird).

Life Cycle

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Imago

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Argynnis cybele Historic Specimens

S. cybele  Ontario 2006

Photo © Reverdin

S. cybele  Ontario 2006

Photo © Reverdin

S. cybele  Ontario 2006

Photo © Reverdin

Great Spangled Fritillary - Townsend, Massachusetts, USA  20-June-2013 [Damian Pinguey]

Photo © Damian Pinguey
20-Jun-2013

Great Spangled Fritillary - New Jersey, USA 7-Aug-2011 [Damian Pinguey]

Photo © Damian Pinguey
07-Aug-2011

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Ovum

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Larva

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Pupa

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Aberrations

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References

The species description provided here references the following publications:

ReferenceDetails
Fabricius (1775) Fabricius, J.C (1775) Systema entomologiae: sistens insectorum classes, ordines, genera, species.
Fabricius (1807) Fabricius, J.C. (1807) Magazin für Insektenkunde, herausgegeben von Karl Illiger.
Mead-Briggs (2010) Mead-Briggs, M. and Eeles, P. (2010) Argynnis cybele (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) - a 'New' Record for the British Isles. British Journal of Entomology and Natural History.
Rafinesque (1815) Rafinesque, C.S. (1815) Analyse de la nature ou Tableau de l'univers et des corps organisés.
Scudder (1872) Scudder, S.H. (1872) Annual Report of the Trustees of the Peabody Academy of Science.
Swainson (1827) Swainson, W. (1827) A Sketch of the Natural Affinities of the Lepidoptera Diurna of Latreille. The Philosophical magazine : or Annals of chemistry, mathematics, astronomy, natural history and general science.