Gulf Fritillary On Elephantsfoot #2
Photograph - Photograph
A gulf fritillary butterfly on elephantsfoot flowers showing the upperside of the wing.
Gulf Fritillaries can be seen in flight all year in south Florida and all except December northward. The range of Agraulis vanillae is from South America north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to the southern United States, occassionally wandering into the central United States.
The adult butterfly is mostly brownish-orange with black markings on the upperside. There are three white spots surrounded by black near the leading edge of the forewing from about the midpoint towards the base. The undersides of the wings are lighter, with the hindwings and tips of the forewings covered with silvery spots. Females are larger and paler than the males.
The caterpillar is orange with rows of black spines.
(Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
January 29th, 2018
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