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Unusual (and Usual) Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars / Larvae

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gulf fritillary larvae caterpillar worm orange butterfly
 gulf fritillary larva caterpillar worm orange butterfly
unusual gulf fritillary larvae caterpillar worm orange butterfly
Normal Gulf Fritillary
caterpillar - larva
Normal orange with black 'spines'
Gulf Fritillary larvae
Although some striping
is normal, wide gray striping
is definitely abnormal
odd gulf fritillary larvae caterpillar worm orange gray butterfly
gulf fritillary larvae caterpillar worm orange gray butterfly
gulf fritillary larvae caterpillar worm albinobutterfly
There is an abnormal amount
of gray on this
Gulf Fritillary caterpillar
Although this larva has
more orange, the amount
of gray is not normal
Left: Zebra Longwing
Middle; pale green Gulf
right: normal Gulf
odd albino gulf fritillary larvae caterpillar worm  butterfly
gulf fritillary normal and an  albino light butterfly
adult 'albino' and normal Gulf Fritillary butterfly
The 'albino' Gulf Fritillary
caterpillar -larva
Resulting Gulf is above
normal below
*albino
*Albino above, normal below
Note the white eyes
of the butterfly above
Gulf Fritillary caterpillars are normally bright orange with black 'hairs'. Although large amounts of gray has been seen in the past, it is not normal. 'Albino' larvae, such as the two we found in the wild, are rare. The adults that came from the white caterpillars had white eyes, a type of albinism. A lack of melanin in scales (or skin in humans) causes albinism in a range from pure white to almost normal color.

*Insect Albino = insect with markedly lighter pigmentation and/or white eyes. There are two basic types of albinism. Note the white eyes of the adult Gulf Fritillary in two of the bottom photos. These Gulf Fritillary do not show what is considered 'pure' albino, with no pigmentation in their scales. (Source; wikipedia)