Gulf Fritillary by Dean Cunningham

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Gulf Fritillary Butterly in the fields of Ometepe, Nicaragua, Central America.

Taken with Canon EOS550D. EFS55-250mm Lens.

547 Views – March 2013.

CHALLENGE WINNER: August 2012 – Amazing Wildlife

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 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. It takes its name from migrating flights of the butterflies sometimes seen over the Gulf of Mexico.


  • Dr. Harmeet Singh
    Dr. Harmeet Singhover 2 years ago


  • thanks harmeet – glad u like this one !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • supergold
    supergoldover 2 years ago

    a great macro of this unusual monarch

  • thanks fred – im having doubts now that it actually is a monarch haha !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • labaker
    labakerover 2 years ago

    nicely done, but thats not a monarch(pretty sure)

  • mmm interesting haha – i have a few like this so im gonna have to change all the titles :) someone did tell me this was a monarch, so i will have to hit up the experts in the butterfly groups. and thanks for the tip larry as i do like to know these things and welcome learning something new !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • labaker
  • hi larry, jan (see below) has also mentioned that its not a monarch. thanks again for letting me know !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Dean..cheers mate.

  • thanks heaps wazza !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 2 years ago

    Superb mate! Great capture!

  • thanks heaps arfan – i was lucky to come across a field of many butterflies !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 2 years ago

    So very beautiful, I love it:)
    Tell someone you love him/her everyday; life is too short.
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    Best regards,

  • thankyou very much sunny – and yes life is too short !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Eileen McVey
    Eileen McVeyover 2 years ago

    Great glowing tones on this!

  • thankyou very much eileen !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchover 2 years ago

    Stunning capture !!!!

  • thanks heaps russell !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012over 2 years ago

    Such clarity – great work Dean. Faved for sure.
    Love colleen2012

  • thankyou very much colleen – i came across a field of varied butterflies, loved it !

    – Dean Cunningham

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