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The Gulf fritillary, Agraulis vanillae (Linnaeus), is a brightly colored butterfly common across extreme southern portions of the United States. At home in most open, sunny habitats, it frequents roadsides, disturbed sites, fields, open woodlands, pastures, yards, and parks. It is a regular in most butterfly gardens, including those in more urban settings.
The Gulf fritillary occurs throughout the southern United States southward through Mexico, Central America and the West Indies to South America. In Florida, it can be found in all 67 counties. The butterfly undergoes distinct seasonal movements each year. Adults move northward in spring and form temporarily breeding colonies throughout the southeast. Individual vagrants may occasionally reach into the central U.S., but rarely into the Midwest. Starting in late summer and continuing through fall, huge numbers of adults migrate southward into peninsular Florida. Adults overwinter in frost-free portions of their range.
Adult of Gulf fritillary is a medium-sized butterfly with elongated forewings. Adults have a wingspan range of 65 to 95 mm. Females are generally larger than males. The sexes are dimorphic. The upper surface of the wings is bright orange with black markings. Females are somewhat darker and more extensively marked. The forewing cell contains three black-rimmed white spots. The undersides of the wings are brown with elongated silvery-white spots.

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Meeli Sonn is an freelance photographer based in Las Vegas, USA. Meeli specialises in producing high-quality images of our all kind natural world, capturing the beauty and mystery of nature, animals, birds, plants. It needs good eye. Meeli’s love of nature does not end with the landscape, as she aspires to photograph all things natural in his own unique way. Her big passion is macro world.

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  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful Meeli!

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  • Rainy
    Rainyabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

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    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago

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    craighulleyabout 4 years ago

    Wow!!

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  • Munggo
    Munggoabout 4 years ago

    Wow, such a beautiful shot!!! Great work!

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    vaggyparabout 4 years ago

    Great Work ..!!

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    trish725about 4 years ago

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  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajabout 4 years ago

    Magnificient work Meeli,anna

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  • Jurmale
    Jurmaleabout 4 years ago

    Magical beauty,Meeli! GORGEOUS!!

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 4 years ago

    lovely image!

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