Speyeria hydaspe “Hydaspe Fritillary” Nymphalidae
Great Burn, Lolo National Forest, MT
July 10, 2015
Fritillaries are common residents of moist meadows throughout North America. They lay their eggs on a variety of violet species. Upon hatching, the larvae immediately burrow into the ground (before eating) and hibernate until spring when they emerge and munch on the violet leaves.