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Butterfly

Agraulis vanillae

Description:

The Gulf Fritillary or Passion Butterfly, Agraulis vanillae, is a striking, bright orange butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, subfamily Heliconiinae. These were formerly classified in a separate family, the Heliconiidae or longwing butterflies, and like other longwings this species does have long, rather narrow wings in comparison with other butterflies. It is not closely related to the true fritillaries. It is a medium to large butterfly, with a wingspan of 6–9.5 cm (2.4–3.7 in). Its underwings are buff, with large silvery spots.[1] It takes its name from migrating flights of the butterflies sometimes seen over the Gulf of Mexico. Egg Caterpillar . The Gulf Fritillary is commonly seen in parks and gardens, as well as in open country. Its range extends from Argentina through Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean to the southern United States, as far north as the San Francisco Bay Area on the west coast. It is occasionally found farther north in the US.[2]

Habitat:

The Gulf Fritillary is commonly seen in parks and gardens, as well as in open country. Its range extends from Argentina through Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean to the southern United States, as far north as the San Francisco Bay Area on the west coast. It is occasionally found farther north in the

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3 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Beautiful spotting!

MichelleMccracken
MichelleMccracken 9 years ago

I thought it was the gulf fritillary. But didn't want to put that and don't have time to look it up right now. Thanks I will add info later on it

patty
patty 9 years ago

Nice spotting Michelle =)

MichelleMccracken
Spotted by
MichelleMccracken

Largo, Florida, USA

Spotted on Oct 8, 2012
Submitted on Dec 14, 2012

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