Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1086167

Gulf Fritillary
Agraulis vanillae

Observation date: June 22, 2016
Date notes: This butterfly flew into my garden probably pretty close to noon as I checked it, took a walk then came back and discovered this butterfly. It arrvied just before a rains storm. so I was able to get photos and video before it rained, then it stayed in the garden overnight. I was able to get more photos and video before it flew off just about 10:00 Am.
Submitted by: Allison Barta
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: This butterfly flew into my flower garden around 12:00 noon on June 22nd, I discovered it at 12:26. I surprised it.. It zoomed across our yard with vigor, and landed on some rust colored wood chips. I took one photo of it there before it flew back to to my garden and fed on pink flowers. There was rain approaching, so the sun disappeared, which was lucky because it then closed its wings for awesome photos. Shortly the rain started forcing this Gulf Fritillary to hunker down into my garden over night. My luck, as then the next morning I was able to see it as it woke up, basked on oxeye daisies then proceed to feed on various flowers, violas, pink verbena, marigolds, and the pink flowers (photo submitted) I was able to photograph and video it for almost an hour before it took off! I am a life-long butterfly enthusiast, Science Teacher for Bagley, Minnesota, Jr./Sr. High School, and have been conducting "On the Hunt" for the North woods Butterflies research project for the past 5 years... This is a sighting of a life time for me! I hope it makes it to Canada, and somebody sees it there!
Status: Stray
Verified by: Tom Middagh
Verified date: December 07, 2017
Coordinator notes: First report of this species to BAMONA for state of Minnesota. Nice find!
Checklist region(s): Cass County, United States, Minnesota