Gulf Fritillary

I didn’t know it at first but soon found out from other lepidoptera enthusiasts that the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae incarnata) is a rare visitor to New York City. It is called the gulf Fritillary because it has been seen far out over the Gulf of Mexico. This one has been hanging out in the Conservatory Garden in Central Park for a few days. Its host plant is the Purple Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata). A life butterfly for me.

Butterflies at Bronx Zoo

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Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) and Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Bronx Zoo 7/11/2016
Atala (Eumaeus atala), Bronx Zoo 7/11/2016
Atala (Eumaeus atala), Bronx Zoo 7/11/2016
Queen (Danaus gilippus), Bronx Zoo 7/11/2016
Queen (Danaus gilippus), Bronx Zoo 7/11/2016