A female Coronis Fritillary, subspecies semiramis, nectaring on rabbitbrush. Caribou Creek area, north of Big Bear Lake. August 23, 2005.
Another female, one of many Speyeria coronis semiramis that were nectaring on thistles along the Pacific Crest Trail west of Polique Cyn Rd, Big Bear, July 2, 2006. This butterfly is easily encountered in the Big Bear area late in the summer. All photos below are from the same hike.
A male Coronis Fritillary.
Ventral of the Coronis Fritillary, sharing a thistle with Leussler's Branded Skipper.
A closer look at a Coronis Fritillary nectaring.
Close-up of the ventral scaling of Speyeria coronis semiramis.