Gulf Fritillary Butterfly; Agraulis vanillae

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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
Agraulis vanillae
These orange and black butterflies sport silver underwings. Laying eggs on or near passionvine growing in the sunshine, Gulf Fritillary butterflies are found in over 2/3 of the United States.
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) adult
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly silver under wings (Agraulis vanillae) adult
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
Orange and black wings
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
Silver spots on the underside of their wings
glisten in the sunlight.
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) adults courting
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) adults courting
Gulf Fritillary male courting a female
Gulf Fritillary male courting a female
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) adults courting
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) adults mating or pairing
A female Gulf Fritillary rests on a fence during courtship
Gulf Fritillary butterflies pairing (mating)
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) female
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) male
A female Gulf Fritillary abdomen
A male Gulf Fritillary has claspers (open)
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) drinks nectar from passionvine
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) laying an egg
Passionvine, the Gulf Fritillary's host
or larval food plant is also
used as a nectar plant
A Gulf Fritillary lays an egg on moss hanging
next to passionvine on a fence.
It is not unusual for Gulfs to lay eggs on people.
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) female lays an egg
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) egg
A Gulf Fritillary female lays
an egg on a passionvine tendril.
A close view of a Gulf Fritillary egg.
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) larvae caterpillars
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) molting
Three sizes of Gulf Fritillary larvae
A Gulf Fritillary prepares to molt. It has withdrawn its head out of the head
capsule creating a bulge in the
skin just behind the capsule.
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) caterpillar molted skin
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) caterpillar eats old skin
A caterpillar has molted, crawled out of its skin
After molting, a caterpillar eats its old skin
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) freshly molted
When a caterpillar has just molted, it is blond.

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