Wingspan is 2 - 2 1/2 inches.
Open fields, open scrub, gardens, woodland edges and coastal areas.
Very common in the southern coastal plain, uncommon
to rare in the northern coastal plain, eastern piedmont and mountains.
There are very few records in VA and no records in WV.
Adults fly from May until mid December in two or three broods. Usually
Gulf Fritillary is not seen until late summer in most of the region.
Larval Host Plants:
Passion vines Passiflora spp.,
Maypop Passiflora incarnata in the Carolinas.
This is a southern migrant that works its way northward up the coast and
northwestward towards Asheville NC.
The top and second photos were taken in Calhoun Co.,
SC on October 25, 2002. The bottom photo was taken in Richland Co., SC
on October 25, 2002.
Species List > Fritillaries