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 you’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!

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