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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September 16, 2014 griffin Pickens County, South Carolina, United States September 16, 2014 Details
September 04, 2014 Doug Bruce Carroll County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 FaythMichelle Henry County, Georgia, United States September 12, 2014 Details
July 26, 2014 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States September 11, 2014 Details
September 08, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 arcturusangel Gregg County, Texas, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 Doug Bruce Bedford County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 Ralph S. Carlson Los Angeles County, California, United States September 05, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States September 04, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 samcavaliere San Diego County, California, United States September 04, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 04, 2014 Details
August 28, 2014 mdolomieu1 Greene County, Missouri, United States August 31, 2014 Details
August 31, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States August 31, 2014 Details
August 11, 2013 TheWayfarer21 Onslow County, North Carolina, United States August 30, 2014 Details
August 29, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 30, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 12, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States August 21, 2014 Details
August 19, 2014 luthienstar Los Angeles County, California, United States August 20, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 Pilgrim Harry Duval County, Florida, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 MaMaS88 Tulare County, California, United States August 14, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 14, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 gldearman Leon County, Florida, United States August 13, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States August 13, 2014 Details
August 07, 2014 GenevieveDutton Pasco County, Florida, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 chaseystarz Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States August 04, 2014 Details
August 26, 2006 abwest St James Parish, Louisiana, United States August 03, 2014 Details
September 25, 2011 abwest St James Parish, Louisiana, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 30, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States August 03, 2014 Details
August 01, 2014 inthelikeness Comanche County, Texas, United States August 01, 2014 Details
July 30, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States July 31, 2014 Details
November 06, 2013 Bixia Santa Clara County, California, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States July 27, 2014 Details
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