A Picnic Visitor

Earlier this month we went to a church picnic at Valley Falls State Park near Fairmont, West Virginia.

Great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

We were sitting in the picnic shelter when this friendly Great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele) decided to check us out, possibly wondering if we had any butterfly food handy. After flitting about, settling from time to time on the table, it decided to sit on Lisa’s hand. It sat there for quite a while, briefly flew away, then returned to sit a while longer. I’m not sure whether it wanted us to give it something or if it was just saying “Hello”. In any case, it enchanted us by its presence.

Great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele) showing wing underside

Great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele) showing wing underside

Note: any entomologist, professional or amateur, who knows more than I do is welcome to correct my identification of this butterfly. Just leave a comment. On the other hand, I have complete confidence in my identification of Lisa.

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