Gulf Fritillary Butterfly Passion Butterfly Lantana Flower Wildlife Art
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Gulf FritillaryButterfly....by Reid callaway
Passion Butterfly Lantana Flower Wildlife Art
I worked for many years as a master carpenter and/or as a construction contractor on Lake Oconee, Georgia and would capture images during my lunch hour. This was taken shooting thru a beautiful Lantana bush with several butterflies and Hummingbird flying around using a 300 mm lens. Enjoy!
Gulf fritillaries have a chemical defense mechanism in which they release odorous chemicals in response to predator sightings. As a result, common predators learn to avoid this species. Pheromones play a critical role in male-female courtship behaviors, with male gulf fritillaries emitting sex pheromones that contribute to mate choice in females.
The Gulf fritillary or passion butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) is a bright orange butterfly of the family Nymphalidae and subfamily Heliconiinae. That subfamily was formerly set apart as a separate family, the Heliconiidae. The Heliconiinae are "longwing butterflies", which have long, narrow wings compared to other butterflies. Gulf fritillary is the only member of genus Agraulis.
Agraulis vanillae is most commonly found in the southern areas of the United States, specifically in many regions of Florida and Texas.
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January 21st, 2020
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