It sort of rolls

off the tongue

in a




which belies the

serious beauty

of this


seen in my garden


My only regret


not being able to photograph

the underside of

this gorgeous creature

before it fluttered off

to find other food

that was served

without the audience.

Great Spangled Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
aka Speyeria cybele
aka Speyeria cybele on the coreopsis grandiflora (tickseed)


Fritillary:  any of numerous nymphalid butterflies (Argynnis, Speyeria,and related genera) that usually are orange with black spots on the upper side of both wings and silver spotted on the underside of the hind wing

Merriam-Webster dictionary

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