A female on my butterfly bush in 2010. They do seem to visit them almost daily in June and July. The females much less often. Very accentuated red spot on the forewing in this female. That spot seems to vary remarkably in shape. And note the reflective paler colors in the central hindwing. Striking red facial colors seem odd.

A female Diana on one of their favorite nectar flowers. They are hypnotized by this Cirsium, a thistle, and can actually be physically lifted off the flowers or photographed until you can't stand it anymore. These are huge butterflies. Larger than any of the Swallowtails. The blue inside is a very difficult color to describe in full light. Blues, turquoises and purples in combination. Note the plain exterior hindwing which is unusual for any Fritillary.

And another female Diana on the butterfly bush in my yard in 2009. Rich chocolate exterior as always with this striking blue interior highlights. I had never noted the one red spot on the exterior forewing before. This female came for several days in a row just to test the butterfly bush nectar.

We seem to be having a boom year in 2012 and early eruption with the first ever May Diana females. This one nectared on everything on the early date of 26 May 2012.

Same female in facial close up. No nicks or tears. And those forewing spot shapes are different for each female.

And a double nicked female. 5 29 12. Possibly ripped by my Great Crested Flycatchers which have discovered the butterfly bushes. Same day as above, with different spot pattern. And also not the same as the one from above a few days earlier.

And a third individual female by spot shapes. Came late in the day on the same day as above.

Same girl 5 29 12 and sitting in the shade after nectaring, allowing me to play with high f-stops though she was slowly pumping the wings opened and closed, open and closed.