Wild Florida Photo - Agraulis vanillae

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Agraulis vanillae


Florida native


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 caterpillar hosts are various species of passion vine including Passiflora incarnata (purple passionflower), P. foetida (running pop) and Passiflora suberosa (corkystem passionflower). These butterflies feed on the nectar from lantana, sheperd's needle, cordias, composites and others such as Godfrey's blazing star, shown here.

Agraulis vanillae is a member of the Nymphalidae - Brush-footed butterflies family.

Butterflies through Binoculars

   Jeffrey Glassberg; Marc C. Minno; John V. Calhoun
 A field, finding and gardening guide to the butterflies of Florida

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Butterflies through Binoculars
Butterfly enthusiasts, nature lovers, and curious general readers will perhaps be surprised to learn that Florida's butterfly fauna is unique--and that, until the appearance of this volume, there has been no adequate field guide for the butterflies of this region. This guide simplifies identification by illustrating only species found in Florida--using superb photographs of live butterflies coupled with detailed range maps and identification data. It also offers, with unprecedented detail, much information on flight times and abundances for each of five Florida subregions, including reports on 70 localities in which to find butterflies. Lastly, discussions of the foodplants for each species along with suggestions for attracting these species to one's garden make this work invaluable for all Florida gardeners interested in butterflies.

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Aug 07, 2016

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