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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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2 Comments

Ornithoptera80
Ornithoptera80 2 months ago

Thank you for the nomination.

AshleyT
AshleyT 2 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Ornithoptera80
Spotted by
Ornithoptera80

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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

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