A male from the impressive Waldron population. The forest service is control burning a large area of forest there for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Bachman's Sparrows and the Dianas are apparently enthusiastically breeding there as a consequence. It is likely one of the few places in the world where you can go and see fifty Diana Fritillaries in one afternoon. The opening shot with all the males fluttering over the large orange Milkweed cluster was taken there. You can also see small storms of Coral Hairstreaks and many Mottled Duskywings. Highly recommended.

A miracle male from my yard. We have been allowing the violets to grow rather decadently in the east side of the front yard in order to lure the Diana. In 2009 a female attended to the violets there though I never saw her definitely broadcast eggs. In 2010 this male emerged from the violet area and as you can see it was so fresh it was glowing and still a bit floppy winged. Very impressive again.

Same male from my yard. Emerged mid morning, May 25th 2010.