November 16, 2010 7:59 pm
I was looking at your website to identify these butterfly pics that I took (I have many pics) and they look like a Gulf Fritillary. Where do these commonly live? I saw some of your other pics were in California. Thank you for having a wonderful website.
Your identification of the Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, is correct and we are glad you were able to self identify it using our extensive archives. Gulf Fritillaries may be found coast to coast in the southern portions of North America, but we are surprised to see that BugGuide indicates a sighting in Ohio. The caterpillars of Gulf Fritillaries feed upon the leaves of the passionflower vine. Your backlit photo with the dark background is lovely.