Photo of Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Female Gulf FritillaryEnlarge


Life Cycle of Butterflies

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar (Larva)
Gulf Fritillary Chrysalis (Pupa)
Chrysalis Enlarge

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

The wings of this butterfly are like stained glass, artfully designed to maximize the beauty and light in a garden. The Gulf Fritillary is similar in size to the Monarch, but can be distinguished by the large grey patches on the underside of the wing. The wings are quite long and can gracefully carry this butterfly way out over the water in the Gulf region. Before full maturation, the chrysalis looks much like a hanging dead leaf yet the larvae are quite unique with a bright orange body decorated with dark spikes. This butterfly is richly colored orange with orderly dark spots in the center and along the edge of the wing. One of the most striking species, you will be glad your garden attracted this butterfly.

Family: Brush-footed Butterfly (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: Longwing (Heliconiinae)

Average Wingspan: 2 1/2" - 3 3/4"

Habitat: Gardens, open woodlands

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Gulf Fritillary Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Female (closed wing) - Nancy Dorsey
Caterpillar - Nancy Dorsey
Chrysalis - Fred Miller

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