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Gulf Fritillary

Argaulis vanillae

Description:

Orange and white butterfly. Black antennas tipped with orange and orange wings with white and black accents. "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." - Wikipedia

1 Species ID Suggestions

ceherzog
ceherzog 10 years ago
Gulf Fritillary
Argaulis vanillae


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1 Comment

Isabela
Isabela 10 years ago

Beautiful!

RayDunn
Spotted by
RayDunn

McMinnville, Tennessee, USA

Spotted on May 16, 2010
Submitted on May 3, 2011

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