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Gulf Fritillary

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."

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 US."


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34 Comments (1–25)

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Amazing!!

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 7 years ago

Nice macro, congratulations.

Absolutely stunning photos. Congratulations!

TampaDave
TampaDave 7 years ago

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

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

A wonderful close-up! Congrats!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 7 years ago

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

NicoleLook
NicoleLook 7 years ago

Congratulations on spotting of the day!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

great photos of a stunning butterfly - Congratulations !!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Wow wonderful photos!!
Congratulations

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 7 years ago

Beautiful!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Congratulations Dave

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

This Butterfly spotting is super lesson to know about Brush footed butterflies.
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Apple
Apple 7 years ago

Congratulations on the spotting of the day!

Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 7 years ago

Amazing

Yasser
Yasser 7 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.:

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ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 7 years ago

Lovely.

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Lovely photo!

opzjon
opzjon 7 years ago

beautiful!

SophiaJoseph
SophiaJoseph 7 years ago


aaawww Wow! This is amazing!

Elsa
Elsa 8 years ago

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

elapj
elapj 8 years ago

Excellent macro work!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

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

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

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

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Super macro..!!

TampaDave
TampaDave 8 years ago

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

TampaDave
Spotted by
TampaDave

Tampa, Florida, USA

Lat: 27.95, Long: -82.47

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

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