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Gulf Fritillary

Agraulis vanillae

Description:

Rather than being related to true fritillaries, this species is actually part of the heliconian subfamily, also known as the longwings. It is sometimes known as a passion butterfly, as its caterpillars use passionvine (Passiflora spp.) as a host plant. Underside of wings has white reflective spots to help with camouflage.

Habitat:

Any area where passionvine grows. Warmer areas of the U.S., including south Florida and Texas where they are found year-round, and south to Central America.

Notes:

This butterfly is nectaring on Duranta erecta.

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10 Comments

jfarrell75
jfarrell75 7 years ago

very pretty photo

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 9 years ago

ONe of my favs and a great capture to boot

p.young713
p.young713 9 years ago

Very pretty photo!

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

brillant shot...best crisp and sharp

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Duranta flowers also look attractive.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Thanks for information..!!

Dangermouse
Dangermouse 9 years ago

Gorgeous!

florida33girl
florida33girl 9 years ago

I enhanced the colors slightly, but not much, mostly just to offset the "dulling" tendency of my camera. This happened to be a particularly excellent specimen of butterfly, and the lighting was perfect. Glad you enjoyed it!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Have you corrected colours...?
Very vibrant...nice effect...

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 9 years ago

Amazing colors! Great shot.

florida33girl
Spotted by
florida33girl

Florida, USA

Spotted on Jun 15, 2011
Submitted on Jul 28, 2011

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