Subject: Is this a Gulf Fritillary?
Location: Coryell County, TX
October 20, 2014 11:05 am
Unexpected beauty next to a drainage ditch. I leaned way over a fence to try to get images of this beautiful butterfly. Is it another Gulf Fritillary?
Ironic that this butterfly enjoyed the wild pink wood sorrel, and ignored the carefully planted and tended garden flowers nearby. There’s a lesson there.
You are absolutely correct that this is a Gulf Fritillary, but we kind of believe you knew in your heart of hearts that you were correct. The Gulf Fritillary is truly a unique butterfly, though we seem to recall similar looking members of the genus that do not range north of the Mexico/US border. We also have a vague recollection that the Gulf Fritillary is not native to the US, but that with the introduction of Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar’s southern food plant, the passionflower, it has expanded its range north.
Subject: Gulf Fritillary?, Part 2
Location: Coryell County, Texas
October 20, 2014 11:19 am
This may be a clearer photo…
We already posted all three of your beautiful images, and though this is more in focus than your first image, we love that previously you captured the butterfly in flight.