Gulf Fritillary, Passion Butterfly - click to enlarge

Gulf Fritillary, Passion Butterfly

I did not know this Butterfly is referred to as the “Passion Butterfly’.  I do not know much about any butterfly so of course I searched on line. Hence the Passion tidbit.

Gulf Fritillary, Passion Butterfly - click to enlarge
Gulf Fritillary, Passion Butterfly – click to enlarge

Their primary territory is Florida and Texas. Considering how many we have they must be like Maine Black Flies. Everywhere, in everything.

Gulf Fritillary, Passion Butterfly - click to enlarge
Gulf Fritillary, Passion Butterfly – click to enlarge

They can migrate as far as Central and South America. One document I read stated “they migrate north through Florida, and migrate south through Florida”. That was so enlightening I had to read it twice.

Gulf Fritillary, Passion Butterfly - click to enlarge
Gulf Fritillary, Passion Butterfly – click to enlarge

They also have the ability to emit a distinct and obvious odor which is composed of several different types of chemicals, such as 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one and hexadecyl acetate.

Gulf Fritillary, Passion Butterfly - click to enlarge
Gulf Fritillary, Passion Butterfly – click to enlarge

If this is not enough information on the Gulf Fritillary there is lots of information on the internet… even the mating ritual.

Good luck with that.

 

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