I’m hoping you can help identify this butterfly for me. I am an amateur photographer but I still take my work seriously, and would like to know the proper name of this butterfly
I took this picture in July 2004 in Largo Fl. (West central, St Petersburg Tampa area about one mile from the Gulf of Mexico.) I do not know the name of the bush, It was very active and lighted for just a few seconds.
This is the Gulf Fritillary. The butterfly collects nectar from colorful flowers like verbena, pentas, drummond phlox, and lantana. The flower is so well hidden it is hard to say what it is for sure.
And the larva (caterpilllar) of this butterfly feeds on passionflower vines of various species. The mature larva is orange with black spines.
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