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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June 21, 2016 Lisaanne17 Orange County, California, United States June 22, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 mellielong Orange County, Florida, United States June 09, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 cosmic_cat Texas, United States, Upshur County June 05, 2016 Details
May 19, 2016 John LeBlanc Pinellas County, Florida, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 D. Dodd Texas, United States, Val Verde County May 27, 2016 Details
May 22, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 22, 2016 neflodonata Duval County, Florida, United States May 22, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 Keybugs Monroe County, Florida, United States May 21, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
April 29, 2016 Cleopatra Texas, United States April 29, 2016 Details
April 21, 2016 ajvw2016 Palm Beach County, Florida, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States April 18, 2016 Details
April 06, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 08, 2016 Details
November 09, 2015 ncrosbyrd Hidalgo County, Texas, United States April 06, 2016 Details
April 03, 2016 PONYRCR Riverside County, California, United States April 04, 2016 Details
March 28, 2016 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States March 30, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States March 27, 2016 Details
March 18, 2016 ncrosbyrd Monroe County, Florida, United States March 25, 2016 Details
March 19, 2016 ncrosbyrd Brevard County, Florida, United States March 25, 2016 Details
March 24, 2016 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States March 24, 2016 Details
February 07, 2016 Barronesq San Francisco County, California, United States March 23, 2016 Details
March 17, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States March 18, 2016 Details
March 06, 2016 KittKatt Los Angeles County, California, United States March 16, 2016 Details
March 15, 2016 Delray Beach Children's Garden Palm Beach County, Florida, United States March 15, 2016 Details
February 29, 2016 Jarchibold Lee County, Florida, United States March 10, 2016 Details
July 03, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 28, 2016 Details
January 30, 2016 Kushie Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States February 14, 2016 Details
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