Butterfly Bucket List: Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

August has not been a great month for butterflies. I’ve seen the odd Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) that I posted about in July, but things really came down to the wire this month. Fortunately I was able to snap a few photos of a Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) visiting the garden just a few days ago. I’ve seen some of these butterflies previously this summer but they just seemed to be passing through — probably passing through my yard straight to someone else’s garden!

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly Facts

  • The adult Gulf Fritillary has a wingspan of about 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches.
  • Food for adult butterflies includes the nectar of such plants as Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea), Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) and Lantana (Lantana) among others.
  • Caterpillar hosts include Purple Passion Vine (Passiflora Incarnata).
  • The Gulf Fritillary is in the Nymphalidae, or Brush Footed, family of butterflies.
  • It is also known as the Passion Butterfly.

There is a Purple Passion Vine growing along our neighbor’s fence, so eventually there should be caterpillars munching on the leaves. We’ll keep the good thought!

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

I hope others had more luck searching out butterflies and their kin during August. We don’t have a great deal of plants in bloom at this time, so the pickings are thin as far as nectar goes as a food source. Hopefully as we head toward Fall the late bloomers will begin to attract more of these beautiful creatures.

Thanks for visiting my Butterfly Bucket List post for the fourth Sunday of August. If youโ€™d like to take part please do so! While the meme posting day is the 4th Sunday of each month, feel free to post your sightings any time within the following week. Just put a link to your post in the comment section of this post. Butterflies, moths and caterpillars are all welcome!


25 thoughts on “Butterfly Bucket List: Gulf Fritillary

  1. I typically see Gulf Fritillaries depositing eggs on some passion vines growing up a section of fence. There are also loads of wasps however, so I only occasionally see the caterpillars. It always feels like a minor victory.

    Thanks for hosting this – I hope to have a post up between now and the end of the month. I’ll come back to link when(if) I do!


  2. Beautiful! I raised some monarchs this year and set the last one out yesterday. I need to get out there and observe, but I have been busy getting my fall crops in this past week and harvesting raspberries. I love your photos of this delicate beauty:-)


  3. it is a beautiful butterfly Anna and a lovely photo of it, it’s sad when the butterflies seem less and less, there has been plenty of blooms for butterflies in my garden but the butterflies have been scarce, I think because of the rain and cold summer, however there were a few earlier this month and I managed a couple of photos, so at last I can join in your wonderful meme, thanks for thinking of and hosting this meme, here is a link to my post, Frances



    • Frances- Thanks for joining in! I visited your post and must say your butterflies are wonderful. I’ve never seen any of them, which is what is so great about sharing what we see through posts like this. We’re able to enjoy what to others are everyday sights, but we’re seeing them for the first time. Thanks again for joining in!

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  4. They are so beautiful! August can be a tough time for wildlife. And for the people who want to go out there to take their photos. haha. How wonderful to have a Purple Passion Vine nearby. I hope they can welcome their visitors. I imagine it might draw a lot of insect life.


  5. Phew! Just made it! Down to just about the final day of the month, but I finally not only spotted but was able to snap a few shots of a butterfly so I could join in the Bucket List fun this month. Here’s a link to my post:


    And Anna, thank you sincerely for helping get me out into the dog days of August hunting the elusive butterfly. I needed extra incentive and you certainly gave me that. On to September!


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