Gulf Fritillary

Dione vanillae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Rare breeding stray

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: This is a tropical species residing as far north as extreme southern portions of Florida, Texas and California. From there they stray northward as far as Canada. Nebraska records are primarily from the south and east.

Broods/Flight Times: Year round in Florida and south Texas

Larval Hostplant(s): Passionvines (Passiflora species)

Habitat: Could appear anywhere as a stray

Found at:

Overwintering: Not in our area

Similar Species: None

Notes: This striking butterfly has been reared in Nebraska from eggs deposited by stray females on ornamental passionvines.

Gulf Fritillary, James R. Holland,
Gulf Fritillary – dorsal
Gulf Fritillary – ventral

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