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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October 06, 2013 adamschaffer Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States July 25, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 DellRichardson Santa Barbara County, California, United States July 19, 2014 Details
March 14, 2014 JPbauer Tulare County, California, United States July 19, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 Ralph S. Carlson Los Angeles County, California, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 Cflutot Los Angeles County, California, United States July 16, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 Desirai Calhoun County, Alabama, United States July 15, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 jdhulse0606 Texas, Travis County, United States July 14, 2014 Details
November 09, 2005 roseanna Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States July 13, 2014 Details
November 11, 2005 roseanna Wayne County, Kentucky, United States July 13, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States July 10, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States July 10, 2014 Details
July 09, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States July 10, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 Desirai Calhoun County, Alabama, United States July 06, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 Karen Richardson Yolo County, California, United States July 02, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 inthelikeness Comanche County, Texas, United States June 28, 2014 Details
May 28, 2014 Randy Queen Fannin County, Georgia, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 Cabngirl Sonoma County, California, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 wapperdude Los Angeles County, California, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 12, 2014 Teresa Jacobs Dominican Republic June 23, 2014 Details
June 18, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States June 19, 2014 Details
June 11, 2014 caseyzillman Texas, Travis County, United States June 15, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 yurisgrandma San Joaquin County, California, United States June 09, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 mudgrub12 Placer County, California, United States June 08, 2014 Details
June 01, 2014 Brenda Lepuschitz Seminole County, Florida, United States June 03, 2014 Details
May 01, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States May 08, 2014 Details
May 03, 2014 Furrdreams Los Angeles County, California, United States May 05, 2014 Details
April 21, 2014 longislanddz@yahoo Florida, United States April 29, 2014 Details
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