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Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae incarnata)





Caterpillar HostplantsAll of our native passionvines: Maypop (Passiflora incarnata), Yellow Passionvine (Passiflora lutea), and the more uncommon Bird Wing Passionvine (Passiflora tenuiloba), as well as imported passionvines, particularly Blue Passionvine (Passiflora caerulea), and to varying degrees Purple Passionvine (Passiflora incarnata x "incense"), Red Passionvine (Passiflora foetida) and others.
Area Sighting
Throughout metroplex.
Seasonal Flight DataYear round in mild winters; March - December in years of prolonged freezing temperatures. Unable to survive extended periods of freezing. Must re-colonize northern sections of its range each year. Thanks to the widespread usage of Blue Crown Passionvine (Passiflora caerulea), which stays semi-evergreen, the Gulf Fritillary is provided a year round host plant allowing it to be on the wing through the winter in small numbers in our area. Populations build in the spring as emigrants recolonize from the south.
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