Gulf Fritillary
( Agraulis vanillae )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Agraulis vanillae
(Linnaeus ,1758 )
Common Name:Gulf Fritillary
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Nymphalidae
Subfamily:Heliconiinae
Tribe:Heliconiini
Genus:Agraulis
Taxon Code:LEP01006
ITIS/TSN:777975

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100110

RECOGNITION
Description
Adult: Wings (below) have elongate, silvery spots. Above, wings are bright orange. Hindwings have a black border with orange spots. The Forewing bears spots that are either all blaack or white within black circles. Larvae: Generally orange with black branched spines and greenish-black stripes. Eggs: Yellow, laid singly on leaves of host plants.
Wingspan
63-95 mm.
Similar Taxa
Occasionally mistaken for Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) which is large, but also orange, and more common locally. Also mistaken for local fritillaries, but A. vanillae is larger.

BIOLOGY

CREDITS
Photographer
Jim Ryugo
Park Maintenance, City of Oakland

References
Species Agraulis vanillae - Gulf Fritillary. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/567). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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