Gulf fritillary butterfly comes to visit Titan Garden

28 Oct
We are so lucky to see so many butterflies in our Titan Garden in the spring and fall. Of course, we are keeping a close eye on the monarch migration happening right now but another amazing butterfly resident for us is the gulf fritillary.  These beauties come around especially if you have Passion Vine planted, whcih we do.  Passion Vine is a larval host for the gulf fritillary which means that it lays its eggs on this vine.  The caterpillars feed on it and then go into their chrysalis phase very close by.  And our students benefit by seeing the entire lifecycle.  
I was up at the garden yesterday and noticed some gulf fritillarys on our passion vine.  I went and stood quietly under the vine and was amazed to see them laying eggs all over the vine.  As I videoed one butterfly at the top of the trellis, I was surprised by another just over my shoulder.  I caught it just as it touches its tail to lay the egg on the vine. So amazing to see.  I hope you enjoy the video and some other photos I took of this beautiful insect. 

Gulf fritillary butterflies around passion vine

Gulf fritillary caterpilar
Caterpillar preparing to form chrysalis, hanging in characteristic J-shape. 

Chrysalis

Adult form

We are lucky to have such a beautiful visitor to our garden.

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3 Responses to “Gulf fritillary butterfly comes to visit Titan Garden”

  1. Vicki @ Playin' Outside October 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Wonderful pictures. That last photo captures just how hard these little guys work – look at those tattered wings.

  2. Bonnie October 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    agreed. I got tired watching all of the flyng around they had to do to put the eggs everywhere!

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