(Barto, PA) This is a repeat entry. I have improved the picture
showing the top and underwing side for easier identification. This butterfly loves my magenta butterfly bushes, rather than five other colors.
I believe your beautiful butterfly is the Great Spangled Fritillary. Thanks so much for showing the underwing. It helps with ID.
These butterflies feed on flower nectar of all kinds and are beautiful to see in the garden.
The larva feed on violets. So you must have some in your yard. Many folks try to get rid of the violets, but they do provide food for the larva if you want to have these butterflies live in your garden.
Thanks for sharing the great photo!
Monarchs are more orange and have a much different black wing vein pattern than fritillaries.