Species Page: Gulf Fritillary (Dione vanillae)

Gulf Fritillary

Dione vanillae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Rare 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 southeastern,.

Larval Hostplant(s):

Broods/Flight Times: This species has been reported from May 10 – August 2 in Nebraska. It flies all year in multiple broods in its home range.

Overwintering: This species does not survive Nebraska winters.

Habitat: This stray has shown no preferences in Nebraska.

Avg. Wingspan: 2 1/2 – 3 3/4 inches

Found at:

Similar Species: None

Notes: Larvae have been found and successfully reared on ornamental Passion-vine by the late Erwin Fromel of Columbus.

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