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Gulf fritillary caterpillars

Agraulis vanillae

Description:

They are fourth instar caterpillars that i raised from the 2 instar.These caterpillars are about 3 inches long with orange and purple stripes.This species feeds on many types of passion vines, (passiflora).They take about a month to grow into a chrysalis.About 3 weeks later they hatch into the butterflies.This species is in the subfamily helconidae or also known as longwing butterflies.The caterpillars exhibits the same colors that of the butterfly, they can also sequester alkoloids that smell like passion fruits.

Habitat:

Semi-urban, Fort Worth, Texas.

Notes:

This species is widely distributed throughout North and South America as well as the Caribbean and the Hawaiian islands.Ones in South America and the islands look a little different depending on the passion vine species they feed on.

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ornithoptera80
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ornithoptera80

Spotted on May 12, 2020
Submitted on May 12, 2020

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