Striking Gulf Fritillary

by Christine Nathaniel
(Mc Allen Texas)

Taken at an outdoor butterfly park in Mission Texas.

Karen says:
Thank you for the beautiful picture of a gulf fritillary butterfly. The underside of the wings of these butterflies, as seen in this picture, I think are more beautiful then the top side...which are mostly orange with a few spots and markings. The host plant of the gulf fritillary butterfly is the passionflower vine. This is where the female butterfly lays its eggs and the food of its caterpillar.

Gulf Fritillary

by Susan Allen
(Pitkin, Louisiana)

A very common butterfly in our gardens at Allen Acres from July to Frost.

Gulf Fritillary in Ft. Lauderdale

by J. Keith Tillery
(Fort Lauderdale, FL)

June 21, 95 degree day, caught this one going from flower to flower of the salvia plants.

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by: Anonymous

The Gulf Fritillary or Passion butterfly is a striking, brilliant orange butterfly. The hatch-ling or caterpillar of the inlet fritillary develops to roughly 4 cm long and is brilliant orange in shading and secured in lines of dark spines on its head and back. The spines are delicate to the touch and don't sting. In any case, the hatch-lings are noxious if eaten, as the splendid shading promotes. The hatch-lings encourage only on different types of passionflower, for example, may-pop the yellow passionflower and running pop passionflower. They won't slaughter the plant however can make the leaves worn out and with openings; they get to be lovely butterflies.

Striking Gulf Frit
by: Mary Oppman

I agree the underside of their wings is amazing to look at. Here in the bright Florida (don't know if you are from Fla) but the underside shimmers like polished silver....I have never seen anything like it!

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