|Artistry in flight
Their bright and colourful wing patterns are a marvel. And every summer, people around the world are witness to a fluttering art show as these natural works of art take flight. Antarctica is the only continent without butterflies.
Of the 24,000 species in the world, Canada is home to 297 of them, including the Great Spangled Fritillary (Speveria cyhele), one of 26 species of fritillaries that can he found from coast to coast. They are divided into two groups: "greater" and "lesser:" and the Great Spangled Fritillary is one of the largest and most widespread of the greater fritillaries.