Agraulis vanillae nigrior, Gulf Fritillary

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Agraulis vanillae nigrior, Gulf Fritillary

Freshly emerged male

Description: 31-40 mm. Bright orange above with black veination and spots. Below is brown with reflective silver spots and a bright reddish orange patch on the forewing. Males have a brighter orange color than the females.

 

Habitat and Distribution: This species lives in a variety of habitats in Southern United States, Central and South America as well as throughout the Caribbean. It has been reported throughout the Keys.

 

Host Plant: Passion Vines (Passiflora sps.)

 

Natural History: This is a brilliantly colored butterfly that flies very quickly. Larvae are easily located once host is found. This is always a pleasant species in a garden as they are easily attracted by planing host plant as well as nectar sources. 

 

Agraulis vanillae nigrior, Gulf Fritillary larva

Final instar larva

Agraulis vanillae nigrior, Gulf Fritillary

Final instar larva

Agraulis vanillae nigrior, Gulf Fritillary

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