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Aphrodite fritillary
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S. a. alcestis
Conservation status

Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification

The Aphrodite fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite) is a fritillary butterfly, from North America.

This orange coloured fritillary has rows of dark dots or chevrons at the wing edges and black or brown lines more proximally. The ventral sides of the wings are also orange with several rows of white dots. Its wingspan is between 51 and 73 mm. The results suggest that a major, climate-induced shift of North American butterflies, characterized by northward expansions of warm-adapted and retreat of cold-adapted species, is underway.


Listed alphabetically:

  • S. a. alcestis (Edwards, 1876)
  • S. a. byblis (Barnes & Benjamin, 1926)
  • S. a. columbia (H. Edwards, 1877)
  • S. a. ethene (Hemming, 1933)
  • S. a. manitoba (F. & R. Chermock, 1940)
  • S. a. whitehousei (Gunder, 1932)
  • S. a. winni (Gunder, 1932)

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