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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly . Gulf Fritillary Butterfly , Agraulis Vanillae Is Fee ...

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly . Gulf Fritillary Butterfly , Agraulis Vanillae Is Fee ...

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Description: Gulf Fritillary Butterfly . Gulf Fritillary Butterfly , Agraulis Vanillae is feeding from a blooming flower . The Gulf Fritillary , Agraulis vanillae , a striking , bright orange butterfly of the family Nymphalidae , subfamily Heliconiinae . These were formerly classified in a separate family , the Heliconiidae or longwing butterflies , and like other longwings this species does have long , rather narrow wings in comparison with other butterflies . It is not closely related to the true fritillaries . It is a medium to large butterfly , with a wingspan of from 6 to 9 . 5 cm . Its underwings are buff , with large silvery spots . It takes its name from the fact that migrating flights of the butterflies are sometimes seen over the Gulf of Mexico .

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