Attributes of Agraulis vanillae

Gulf Fritillary
Agraulis vanillae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: 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.
Wing Span: 2 1/2 - 3 3/4 inches (6.3 - 9.5 cm).
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.
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.
Conservation: Not usually of concern.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Cultivate host plants.
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 29, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 Jonathan Clark Cameron Parish, Louisiana, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 29, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 29, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 ajijic1936 Jalisco, Mexico July 28, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 inthelikeness Comanche County, Texas, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 stephen stedman Marshall County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 Melinda Fawver Maury County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Doug Bruce Clay County, Tennessee, United States July 20, 2015 Details
May 26, 2015 beckerla Pasco County, Florida, United States July 18, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 stephen stedman Smith County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2015 Details
September 09, 2014 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States July 16, 2015 Details
June 15, 2015 jillgorman Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States July 16, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States July 16, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States July 11, 2015 Details
June 27, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 Richard1948 Monterey County, California, United States June 27, 2015 Details
May 27, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 23, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States June 21, 2015 Details
July 31, 2014 kikeda San Joaquin County, California, United States June 13, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States June 13, 2015 Details
June 03, 2015 Jeanette kaliska Santa Clara County, California, United States June 09, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 Nancee Cobb Harris County, Texas, United States June 08, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 Dwake San Diego County, California, United States June 06, 2015 Details
May 25, 2015 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States June 05, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 hdjones1@hotmail.com Hillsborough County, Florida, United States June 05, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States June 05, 2015 Details
May 18, 2015 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States June 01, 2015 Details
April 26, 2015 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States May 29, 2015 Details
May 27, 2015 Robalero Hidalgo County, Texas, United States May 27, 2015 Details
May 23, 2015 Doug Bruce Unicoi County, Tennessee, United States May 24, 2015 Details
May 19, 2015 John LeBlanc Pinellas County, Florida, United States May 19, 2015 Details
November 24, 2014 randimal San Diego County, California, United States May 12, 2015 Details
April 29, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 28, 2015 Selwyn Quan Santa Clara County, California, United States April 29, 2015 Details
April 24, 2015 cycad97 Kern County, California, United States April 28, 2015 Details
October 04, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States April 23, 2015 Details
April 02, 2015 Mandy92 Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 01, 2015 digginflowers Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 22, 2015 Robalero Cameron County, Texas, United States April 22, 2015 Details
November 12, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 20, 2015 MarcyG Santa Clara County, California, United States April 20, 2015 Details
January 19, 2015 joliaasen San Luis Obispo County, California, United States April 07, 2015 Details
April 02, 2015 MAKI Santa Barbara County, California, United States April 03, 2015 Details
March 23, 2015 Christinalea Texas, Travis County, United States March 23, 2015 Details
March 17, 2015 Adrienne Lauby (photographer Shelley Berman) Sonoma County, California, United States March 17, 2015 Details
February 28, 2015 Kaisui Los Angeles County, California, United States March 12, 2015 Details
March 02, 2015 Jarchibold Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States March 06, 2015 Details