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Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary was one of at least five butterfly species I saw on November 13  at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area.

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Gulf Fritillary, Upside Down on Statice

As the morning warmed up more of them appeared.

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Gulf Fritillary In the Grass

The bank between the dike road and the big pond which has a variety of wild flowers and scrubby vegetation was attracting a lot of action.

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Gulf Fritillary Leaving Statice

Finally, a closed-wing view, showing off the underside of the Fritillary’s wing. Look close and you’ll see some fly action on the yellow blossom.

Gulf fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Also seen November 13, 2020

White Peacock Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary on Statice

This was the first Gulf Fritillary I’ve seen this summer, one of just a few total butterflies I’ve noticed.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

The wild purple statice, a non-native that grows along roadsides, in disturbed areas and old fields, seems to be thriving everywhere.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

This stand of statice was along the side of a pond and the butterfly worked the tops, the road and pond side, and down into the depths of the plant which in some places was over my head.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

June 26, 2020
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC

Gulf Fritillary – October

At the end of the second week of October there were many Gulf Fritillary Butterflies still around.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Our temperatures have remained in the mid to high 80s during the day (27 plus C) which is above average for October. Only in the last few days have the nights gone down to 60 F (15 C).

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Fortunately this favorite wildflower of the Fritillary is still blooming. Some lovely purple flowers just a few feet away had no attraction to this fellow.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Taken 10/09/2018, Charleston, SC.

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillaries were zipping all around the swamp edges yesterday morning in what I have come to recognize as a harbinger of fall in South Carolina.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

There were a lot of spider webs, too, attached to every kind of plant around the swamp. I walked with a small stick to move those that blocked the trail and only walked into a couple.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Butterflies seem aware of the spider web strands and easily manipulate around them.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

I saw this last Gulf Fritillary as we were leaving bouncing on a more delicate wild flower.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Taken 9/8/2018

September Gulf Fritillaries

I’ve seen a few Gulf Fritillaries around as recently as last week. In September they were everywhere you looked. These images were taken on the Morris Island end of Folly Beach where they were cavorting around in the flowers growing in the sand.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary

Although they fly about independently, if one butterfly finds something good another will soon follow.

Gulf Fritillaries
Gulf Fritillaries

They seemed OK at sharing if there were two vying for the same spot, and can hardly push each other around the way birds might do.

Gulf Fritillaries
Gulf Fritillaries

September 9, 2017, Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve.