Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – ENCHANTED FOREST PARK, FL
|This is a photograph of a Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) taken at Enchanted Forest Park in North Miami, Florida. The camera gear used was a Nikon D90 with a Nikkor 60mm lens and a Tamron 2x Teleconverter.
The Gulf fritillary is a medium-sized, orange butterfly with black markings and somewhat elongated wings. Its hindwings below are covered with numerous silvery, mercury-like patches that distinguish this butterfly from the similar and equally common monarch. Fond of open, disturbed sites, the Gulf fritillary frequently stops to nectar at colorful flowers and is a very common garden visitor. The Gulf fritillary is one of several migratory species in the Southeast. As fall approaches, adults begin a mass southward migration eventually arriving in the warm confines of South Florida to overwinter.