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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November 06, 2016 totonka Palm Beach County, Florida, United States December 08, 2016 Details
December 07, 2016 surfrev Los Angeles County, California, United States December 08, 2016 Details
December 02, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States December 02, 2016 Details
December 01, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States December 01, 2016 Details
November 24, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 30, 2016 Details
November 29, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 30, 2016 Details
November 04, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 30, 2016 Details
October 01, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 30, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 CA Ivy Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States November 30, 2016 Details
October 07, 2016 cosmic_cat Gregg County, Texas, United States November 20, 2016 Details
November 18, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 19, 2016 Details
November 17, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 17, 2016 Details
November 17, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 17, 2016 Details
November 15, 2016 the janitors kid Brevard County, Florida, United States November 16, 2016 Details
November 13, 2016 abwest Bexar County, Texas, United States November 14, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 Doug Bruce Blount County, Tennessee, United States November 13, 2016 Details
November 10, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 12, 2016 Details
November 09, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 10, 2016 Details
November 10, 2016 the janitors kid Brevard County, Florida, United States November 10, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States November 09, 2016 Details
November 06, 2016 Doug Bruce Bledsoe County, Tennessee, United States November 08, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 07, 2016 Details
November 03, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 07, 2016 Details
November 07, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 07, 2016 Details
November 05, 2016 cosmic_cat Texas, United States, Wood County November 06, 2016 Details
October 15, 2016 cosmic_cat Hardin County, Texas, United States November 05, 2016 Details
November 01, 2016 virtualhorizon Texas, United States, Wichita County November 05, 2016 Details
October 31, 2016 the janitors kid Brevard County, Florida, United States November 02, 2016 Details
October 28, 2016 the janitors kid Brevard County, Florida, United States November 01, 2016 Details
October 29, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 01, 2016 Details
November 01, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 01, 2016 Details
October 31, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 01, 2016 Details
October 13, 2016 Doug Bruce McNairy County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
October 13, 2016 Doug Bruce Hardeman County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
October 28, 2016 stephen stedman Hardin County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
August 11, 2016 jdblackmon Alcorn County, Mississippi, United States October 30, 2016 Details
October 30, 2016 Jachan1 Texas, United States, Webb County October 30, 2016 Details
October 25, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2016 Details
October 26, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2016 Details
August 14, 2016 Dwake San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2016 Details
August 14, 2016 Dwake San Diego County, California, United States October 29, 2016 Details
October 22, 2016 gregsnyder Texas, Tarrant County, United States October 29, 2016 Details
October 28, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2016 Details
September 01, 2016 Welowright Coosa County, Alabama, United States October 27, 2016 Details
August 14, 2016 Dwake San Diego County, California, United States October 27, 2016 Details
September 13, 2012 rosenthal.k Shelby County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
September 13, 2012 rosenthal.k Shelby County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
July 22, 2015 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
July 23, 2015 rdf Madison County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
October 14, 2015 Larkspur Baldwin County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details