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Gulf fritillary butterflies, caterpillar, chrysalis, and the plants they depend on...

Welcome to the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography Newsletter January 2018 edition.

One of the more common butterflies seen in Florida is the gulf fritillary. This is one of the longwing butterflies (Heliconiini tribe), a subgroup of the brush-footed butterfly family (Nymphalidae). They are called brush-foots because members of this butterfly family typically have the front pair of legs much smaller than the others and these legs are often covered with hairs that act as sensory organs. These legs are usually held up against the body and are not obviously seen, giving the appearance that the butterfly is only four-legged.
brush-footed butterfly on Feay's prairieclover Gulf Fritillary at Wild Florida Photo
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.
Gulf fritillary dorsal view Gulf Fritillary at Wild Florida Photo
Butterflies do not spin cocoons as some moths do. Instead the process of metamorphosis involves the caterpillar transforming into a hardened chrysalis for the pupal stage. The gulf fritillary chrysalis looks very much like a curled up dead leaf hanging from the plant.
Gulf Fritillary chrysalis Gulf Fritillary at Wild Florida Photo

To read more about the gulf fritillary life cycle including changes in the chrysalis during metamorphosis, what one of the first things the butterfly must do after emerging and plants that longwing butterflies depend upon, visit Gulf Fritillary Butterfly at the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography blog

Photo by Sonya Guidry
Paul Rebmann presenting Wildflowers & Pollinators at the January meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society Pawpaw Chapter. This informative visual program included the gulf fritillary butterfly. Contact the photographer (see below) if your group may be interested in seeing this presentation on the symbiotic relationship between wildflowers and a variety of pollinators.

Upcoming Events
This Saturday, Feb. 3, Paul Rebmann Nature Photography greeting cards and select prints will be available a the Florida Scrub Jay & Wildlife Festival in Deltona, Florida. This annual one day event will feature Florida wildlife presentations, environmental displays, kids' activities, and guided hikes and eco-buggy tours of Lyonia Preserve. An early-bird hike will kick off the day at 8 a.m.

The Birds of a Feather Fest will be held Feb. 9-11. This annual birding festival is hosted by and based in Palm Coast, FL. This year Paul Rebmann will be co-leading a field trip on Sunday morning with birding expert Mary Giraulo to Lyonia Preserve. For birders, two syllables sum up this site: "scrub-jays." Thanks to exemplary habitat management and restoration, the Lyonia Preserve in Deltona supports numerous families of Florida Scrub-Jays along with other rare, scrub-dependent flora and fauna.

Paul Rebmann Nature Photography will again be attending the Florida Wildflower & Garden Festival in downtown DeLand. This year's event will be Sat. March 24. Greeting cards, prints and other select items will be available for purchase.

For details on these and other events, visit the Wild Florida Photo events page.

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Spiral Notebooks
These spiral notebooks would be ideal for keeping nature journals.
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Florida Scrub Jay on fresh chop after restoration at Lyonia Preserve, Deltona, Florida.

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Thank you, and I hope that you enjoy my photography.
Paul Rebmann
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