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Gulf Fritillary

Agraulis vanillae


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.


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.


This butterfly is nectaring on Duranta erecta.

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jfarrell75 9 years ago

very pretty photo

KarenSaxton 12 years ago

ONe of my favs and a great capture to boot

p.young713 12 years ago

Very pretty photo!

SusanEllison 12 years ago

brillant crisp and sharp

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Duranta flowers also look attractive.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Thanks for information..!!

Dangermouse 12 years ago


florida33girl 12 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 12 years ago

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

CindyBinghamKeiser 12 years ago

Amazing colors! Great shot.

Spotted by

Florida, USA

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

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