Monday, November 22, 2010

Gulf Fritillary on Lantana

Gulf Fritillary

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 not closely related to the true fritillaries. 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.

The Gulf Fritillary is commonly seen in parks and gardens, as well as in open country. Its range extends from Argentina through Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean to the southern United States, as far north as the San Francisco Bay Area on the west coast. It is occasionally found farther north in the US.


Photographed by Me in the backyard.

Thanks for stopping by,


Gary said...

A fine photo, and a fine essay. Boom and Gary

KaHolly said...

Oh, how pretty! But those fritillaries are, aren't they? Maybe I'll see one of these while I'm in TX! Great capture!~karen

GutsyWriter said...

What a gorgeous butterfly and photograph. I 'm not sure I saw these in Belize, however, I do have a gorgeous wall mounting with the bright blue butterflies from Belize. I found it at a local garage sale in California. Sorry, I don't know the name of the butterfly, but it's electric blue.