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Gulf Fritillary

Agraulis vanillae


"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."


"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."

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33 Comments (1–25)

MayraSpringmann 11 years ago


rubens.luciano 11 years ago

Nice macro, congratulations.

East End aka Lorelei
East End aka Lorelei 11 years ago

Absolutely stunning photos. Congratulations!

TampaDave 11 years ago

Thank you for the spotting of the day award and thanks everyone for all the nice comments.

bayucca 11 years ago

A wonderful close-up! Congrats!

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Wonderful! Very beautiful photos. Congratulations on this great honor!

NicoleLook 11 years ago

Congratulations on spotting of the day!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

great photos of a stunning butterfly - Congratulations !!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Wow wonderful photos!!

ChristyHolland 11 years ago


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

Congratulations Dave

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

This Butterfly spotting is super lesson to know about Brush footed butterflies.

Apple 11 years ago

Congratulations on the spotting of the day!

Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 11 years ago


Yasser 11 years ago

This jaw-dropping spotting was chosen as Spotting of the Day! Congrats Dave!

"The Gulf Fritillary is a striking, brightly colored butterfly found from South America up through the southern US. In this incredible close-up, you can see its compound eyes and coiled proboscis, which it extends when feeding on nectar.:


ulvalactuca77 12 years ago


KarenL 12 years ago

Lovely photo!

opzjon 12 years ago


SophiaJoseph 12 years ago

aaawww Wow! This is amazing!

Elsa 12 years ago

Thanks for letting me know. I really admire your work..!

elapj 12 years ago

Excellent macro work!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Tampa..your spotting is really fantastic and learning lesson..!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

See those front very small legs. So it gives 4 legs butterfly effect.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Super macro..!!

TampaDave 12 years ago

Thanks everyone. Elsa, I'm using a Canon 5D with the 100L macro.

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Tampa, Florida, USA

Spotted on Apr 10, 2011
Submitted on Apr 10, 2011

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