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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February 11, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States February 12, 2016 Details
January 16, 2016 mellielong Orange County, Florida, United States January 23, 2016 Details
January 09, 2016 Old G Ehrgott Collier County, Florida, United States January 12, 2016 Details
November 14, 2015 peterogers15 Brevard County, Florida, United States December 31, 2015 Details
September 17, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 30, 2015 Details
October 20, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 29, 2015 Details
July 07, 2015 Sigint Yolo County, California, United States December 25, 2015 Details
October 19, 2015 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States December 21, 2015 Details
October 24, 2015 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States December 21, 2015 Details
November 03, 2015 ksander Okaloosa County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 JeanEvoy Hardee County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
November 16, 2015 grosenberry Polk County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
November 25, 2015 Jacksons1993 Sarasota County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 Doug Bruce Hardeman County, Tennessee, United States November 30, 2015 Details
September 20, 2015 Cathy Miller Charleston County, South Carolina, United States November 29, 2015 Details
November 21, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 27, 2015 Details
November 17, 2015 Dwake San Diego County, California, United States November 22, 2015 Details
November 13, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 13, 2015 Details
November 13, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 13, 2015 Details
November 13, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 13, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States November 12, 2015 Details
November 10, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 11, 2015 Details
November 11, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 11, 2015 Details
November 08, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States November 09, 2015 Details
November 05, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 06, 2015 Details
November 04, 2015 AJ Trently Perry County, Tennessee, United States November 05, 2015 Details
October 17, 2015 kairyth Alameda County, California, United States November 04, 2015 Details
November 04, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States November 04, 2015 Details
November 19, 2014 marcelmotzkus San Joaquin County, California, United States November 03, 2015 Details
October 31, 2015 trutta10 Butte County, California, United States November 02, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 Nasreenmarie Los Angeles County, California, United States October 31, 2015 Details
October 30, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2015 Details
October 27, 2015 Forrest Wise Sumner County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2015 Details
October 27, 2015 Forrest Wise Sumner County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2015 Details
October 29, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2015 Details
October 21, 2015 anthum Hillsborough County, Florida, United States October 24, 2015 Details
October 18, 2015 Tomas2015 Charleston County, South Carolina, United States October 19, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 cfinley San Diego County, California, United States October 17, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 Curiositykilledthecat Sacramento County, California, United States October 17, 2015 Details
August 27, 2015 bigmike86 San Bernardino County, California, United States October 17, 2015 Details
August 05, 2014 SaunieInDiego San Diego County, California, United States October 16, 2015 Details
September 05, 2015 dspicer Georgia, United States, Walker County October 15, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 PDunwiddie Fulton County, Georgia, United States October 15, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 Niayre Cobb County, Georgia, United States October 15, 2015 Details
October 15, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 15, 2015 Details
October 13, 2015 nmhwilson Alameda County, California, United States October 14, 2015 Details
October 01, 2015 mathgeek Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States October 14, 2015 Details
October 14, 2015 stephen stedman Crockett County, Tennessee, United States October 14, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Fayette County, Tennessee, United States October 13, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 Doug Bruce Henderson County, Tennessee, United States October 13, 2015 Details