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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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
September 28, 2011 richardhsmith (JoBeth Roberson and Darrell Davis) Frederick County, Maryland, United States January 27, 2015 Details
October 12, 2014 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States January 21, 2015 Details
December 21, 2014 totonka Martin County, Florida, United States December 22, 2014 Details
October 18, 2014 Ken Cheeks Richmond County, Georgia, United States December 16, 2014 Details
October 12, 2013 Ken Cheeks Richmond County, Georgia, United States December 16, 2014 Details
September 15, 2013 Ken Cheeks Richmond County, Georgia, United States December 16, 2014 Details
October 25, 2014 Doug Bruce Greene County, Tennessee, United States December 06, 2014 Details
October 17, 2014 stephen stedman Putnam County, Tennessee, United States December 04, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States December 02, 2014 Details
September 27, 2014 Nancee Cobb Bay County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
November 08, 2014 jlfotomeister Gulf County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States September 29, 2014 Details
September 23, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States September 29, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 stomlins701 Calhoun County, Florida, United States September 29, 2014 Details
September 27, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States September 28, 2014 Details
September 24, 2014 Paul Tavares Georgetown County, South Carolina, United States September 26, 2014 Details
September 15, 2014 polson123 Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 16, 2014 ringydingyme El Dorado County, California, United States September 17, 2014 Details
September 16, 2014 griffin Pickens County, South Carolina, United States September 16, 2014 Details
September 04, 2014 Doug Bruce Carroll County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 FaythMichelle Henry County, Georgia, United States September 12, 2014 Details
July 26, 2014 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States September 11, 2014 Details
September 08, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 arcturusangel Gregg County, Texas, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 Doug Bruce Bedford County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 Ralph S. Carlson Los Angeles County, California, United States September 05, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States September 04, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 samcavaliere San Diego County, California, United States September 04, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 04, 2014 Details
August 28, 2014 mdolomieu1 Greene County, Missouri, United States August 31, 2014 Details
August 31, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States August 31, 2014 Details
August 11, 2013 TheWayfarer21 Onslow County, North Carolina, United States August 30, 2014 Details