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!
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.