Regal Fritillary Butterfly Speyeria idalia   Save
Regal Fritillary Butterfly Speyeria idalia
Description: The regal fritillary butterfly is an endangered species in Ohio. It can be found in all eighty-eight of Ohio's counties, but is generally found in northeast Ohio, and, to a lesser extent, the southeastern portions of the state. It is very rare to find one in western Ohio. The species prefers to live in wet fields and pastures near forests. Human activities have greatly affected the health of this species, especially increase of farm lands, and hence the loss of prairie lands, in western Ohio and the increased use of herbicides. It is a member of the Nymphalidae (brushfooted) family and may be seen during the months of June to September. This species has a wingspan of 3.6 to 4.2 inches (9.1 to 10.7 cm). In Ohio there are more than 150 species of butterflies. Twenty-seven different species of butterflies representing five families can be found in the Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook, including all seven species of butterflies that are listed as endangered in Ohio. Butterflies are a part of the order Lepidoptera (from the Greek words lepis, which means scale and pteron, which means wing). There are nearly 17,500 species of butterflies world-wide. Approximately 750 of these can be found in North America. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om1360_1157068_040
Subjects: Plants and Animals; Butterflies; Insects; Nymphalidae; Endangered species
Places: Ohio