Nokomis Fritillary,  Speyeria nokomis  <LEP102>


     A large and rather rare fritillary of the southwestern mountains.  Because it occurs around moisture in generally arid areas, drainage and water diversion threaten its survival.  The female shown is taking nectar from a thistle, a favorite activity of the fritillaries.  The wings are olive green, banded with pale yellow toward the outside.  The spots in rows are shining silver, and the forewing is flushed with pink at the base.