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I can add another butterfly to my garden’s list: great spangled fritillary. I spied one as I looked out my kitchen window this morning and verified it by checking the Missouri Department of Conservation website. I love the scalloped edges along its wings; they make it look like it’s wearing a shawl. The term “fritillary” is derived from the Latin fritillus, meaning dice box. I now understand the name, given the black dots that run along the wing edges. The silvery-gray bits on the wing undersides resemble sequins–I guess that’s where the descriptor “spangled” came from. The scientist who named and classified this butterfly had some fun!

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It wouldn’t rest for more than a moment, so I had a hard time getting a photo. I am enjoying “collecting” my garden’s butterflies via my little point-and-shoot camera.

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