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Gulf Fritillary

Scientific Name: 
Agraulis vanillae

This butterfly feeds as a caterpillar (larva) on Passion Vine and later on flower nectar as an adult butterfly.  The wings are orange above and silver spotted underneath.  As passion vine is not native to California it is believed that the butterfly was introduced along with the vine (Passiflora coerulea) when intoduced into horticulture in Southern California.  Photos by Laurel Woodley.

Garden Location: 
Generally found throughout the garden
Agraulis vanillae is orange above
Agraulis vanillae has silver spots on the underside of the wings
Agraulis vanillae larvae on passion vine
Agraulis vanillae has silver spots on the underside of the wings
Agraulis vanillae blends into the background while at rest
Viewing Months: 
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