Agraulis vanillae
Agraulis vanillae, I_CMC1
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The Gulf Fritillary (Dione vanillae or Argraulis vanillae) is a striking, bright orange butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, subfamily Heliconiinae. It is a medium to large butterfly, with a wingspan of from 6 to 9.5 cm. Its underwings are buff, with large silvery spots. It takes its name from the fact that migrating flights of the butterflies are sometimes seen over the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Fritillary is commonly seen in parks and gardens, as well as in open country. Its range extends from Argentina through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to the southern United States, as far north as the San Francisco Bay Area on the west coast. It is occasionally found further north in the US.

title Agraulis vanillae
country USA
state/province North Carolina
city/place Charlotte
MAPdecimal latitude_longitude ••• 35.2_-79.9
when yyyymmdd hr:mn Oct 11, 2007, 8:29:11 AM
who Cristian Calugar
method/camera Canon EOS 20D
plant/host/prey Zinnia (family Asteraceae)
best guess identification Gulf Fritillary (Dione vanillae)
determined by who email yyyymmdd

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