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Bug and Insect Illustration (Illustrator)

Butterfly Illustration


Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae), watercolor

About Gulf Fritillary Butterflies:
The Gulf Fritillary butterfly is not related to the true fritillaries.  Its range is from Aregentina to the southern United States.  Its larva feeds on poisonous vines becoming poisonous itself, if eaten.  The species falls within the subfamily Heliconiinae, commonly referred to as "longwings", having elongated wings.   They are found from South America to the southern United States.  See a distribution map of the Gulf Fritillary at Butterflies and Moths of North America.  Adults feed on nectar of cordias, lantana, shepherd's needle, and other flowering plants.  Caterpillars feed on passion vines (Passiflora spp.)

Taxonomy:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Heliconiinae (longwings)
Tribe: Heliconiini
Subtribe: Heliconiiti
Genus: Agraulis
Species: Agraulis vanillae

More information about gulf fritillary butterflies:
Gulf Fritillary, Texas A&M AgriLIFE EXTENSION
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly at Wikipedia



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