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.
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April 19, 2014 plumeria Alameda County, California, United States April 22, 2014 Details
April 03, 2014 fm5050 Duval County, Florida, United States April 21, 2014 Details
October 31, 2013 Lisa Nicholas Dallas County, Texas, United States April 18, 2014 Details
October 06, 2013 flutewood Carteret County, North Carolina, United States April 08, 2014 Details
February 14, 2014 janazak Quintana Roo, Mexico April 03, 2014 Details
February 14, 2014 janazak Quintana Roo, Mexico April 03, 2014 Details
March 15, 2014 herobiscuit Brevard County, Florida, United States April 03, 2014 Details
September 22, 2013 galby Charleston County, South Carolina, United States April 03, 2014 Details
March 28, 2014 jacobsonp@comcast.net San Mateo County, California, United States March 31, 2014 Details
February 05, 2014 janazak Morelos, Mexico March 30, 2014 Details
January 10, 2014 DJHiker Guantanamo, Cuba March 23, 2014 Details
October 14, 2002 pbedell Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States March 16, 2014 Details
February 19, 2014 LLJohnson Dominican Republic March 06, 2014 Details
November 22, 2013 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States March 04, 2014 Details
January 04, 2014 tasteit San Francisco County, California, United States February 21, 2014 Details
February 13, 2014 PDunwiddie Bexar County, Texas, United States February 15, 2014 Details
September 23, 2013 mdeniseo McIntosh County, Georgia, United States February 12, 2014 Details
October 05, 2013 Niayre DeKalb County, Georgia, United States February 12, 2014 Details
July 25, 2011 Brian Taber James City County, Virginia, United States January 31, 2014 Details
August 18, 2013 birdiewi Walker County, Alabama, United States January 29, 2014 Details
August 18, 2013 erica32paulk Geneva County, Alabama, United States January 29, 2014 Details
September 09, 2013 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States January 29, 2014 Details
September 09, 2013 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States January 29, 2014 Details
August 12, 2013 Dick Ratliff Madison County, Tennessee, United States January 17, 2014 Details
August 26, 2013 saraheb Davidson County, Tennessee, United States January 14, 2014 Details
November 06, 2013 lbell007 Cameron County, Texas, United States January 14, 2014 Details
December 26, 2013 cody_ebra Hillsborough County, Florida, United States January 11, 2014 Details
October 20, 2012 wildman Charleston County, South Carolina, United States January 01, 2014 Details
June 22, 1972 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
December 20, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States December 26, 2013 Details
December 26, 2013 whbauer Bexar County, Texas, United States December 26, 2013 Details
December 06, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States December 06, 2013 Details
October 18, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States December 06, 2013 Details
October 19, 2013 ezeemonee Orange County, California, United States November 26, 2013 Details
November 20, 2013 Jeff Trahan Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States November 22, 2013 Details
November 22, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 22, 2013 Details
November 22, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 22, 2013 Details
November 18, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States November 19, 2013 Details
October 18, 2013 lizarozzelle@msn.com Winston County, Alabama, United States November 17, 2013 Details
December 10, 2011 f4mnect Los Angeles County, California, United States November 16, 2013 Details
October 27, 2012 Emilia Alameda County, California, United States November 16, 2013 Details
November 24, 2012 killybugs Los Angeles County, California, United States November 16, 2013 Details
December 17, 2012 Chaskin Ventura County, California, United States November 16, 2013 Details
January 08, 2013 SaunieInDiego San Diego County, California, United States November 16, 2013 Details
November 11, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 15, 2013 Details
June 17, 2013 margaretg Los Angeles County, California, United States November 14, 2013 Details
October 22, 2013 jeanie.in.south.texas Hidalgo County, Texas, United States November 12, 2013 Details
November 04, 2013 LLJohnson Dominican Republic November 11, 2013 Details
November 11, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 11, 2013 Details
November 09, 2013 inthelikeness Comanche County, Texas, United States November 09, 2013 Details