Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary  (Agraulis vanillae)

This butterfly is common in the warm and tropical southeastern part of the United States. It supposedly migrates from Mexico and Latin America. It is bright orange in color and has black stripes. I photographed it in my backyard as it was sitting on top one of the flowers of my Jatropha firebush plant.  This butterfly ingests a toxin from its host plant the passion vine and therefore makes it toxic for predators to eat.  It moves around a lot and was constantly flying from one tree and shrub to another in my yard.

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