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Gulf Fritillary ~ Agraulis vanillae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Canon EOS 30D DSLR

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Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: Longwings (Heliconiinae)

Identification: Upperside bright orange with black markings; 3 black-encircled white dots on forewing leading edge. Underside brown; forewing with orange at base; both wings with elongated, iridescent silver spots.

Life history: Males patrol for females, who lay eggs on many parts of the host plant. Caterpillars feed on most parts of the host. Adults overwinter in the south.

Flight: Throughout the year in south Florida and South Texas, January-November in the north. Number of broods has not been determined.

Wing span: 2 1/2 – 3 3/4 inches (6.3 – 9.5 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Various species of passion-vine including maypops (Passiflora incarnata) and running pop (P. foetida).

Adult food: Nectar from lantana, shepherd\’s needle, cordias, composites, and others.

Habitat: Pastures, open fields, second-growth subtropical forest and edges, city gardens.

Range: South America north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to the southern United States. Wanders north to the central United States; rare northward

Tags

orange, butterfly, macro, brush, butterflies, lisa, gulf, visionary, agraulis, fritillary, vanillae, footed, nymphalidae, heliconiinae, putman, 1758, longwings, linnaeus

Comments

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    Beautifully vibrant colors against the black – gorgeous!!!!!!

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryover 5 years ago

    Lisa, your images NEVER disappoint! You are a top notch photographer and here’s another stunning work to prove it! Just glorious!

  • Auntymazza
    Auntymazzaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful series and well capture Lisa

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Lisa..stunning details and colour!!

  • Kathryn Potempski
    Kathryn Potempskiover 5 years ago

    Just beautiful…. excellent colour stunning image ,spot on detail well done.

  • Damien Pearse
    Damien Pearseover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot.

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