Evidence: Great Spangled Fritillary

The Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) prefers violets, near which they lay their eggs each spring. They sleep through the winter and will only awaken in the spring at the same time as violet plants begin to grow. It is feared that global warming may disrupt this synchronization; this would prove catastrophic to fritillary caterpillars. (“Fritillary: A Pretty Butterfly and a Good Pollinator,” By Beatriz Moisset, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Photo ©2017 Jen Payne, from the upcoming book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind.

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