Agraulis vanillaeYou can appreciate the length of the Gulf Fritillary's proboscis when you see how deep the throat of the pentas flower is.
Agraulis vanillaeThis Gulf Fritillary is melanistic which means that it has more black pigmentation than a normal individual. It is the oppositie of albinism which is the lack of this pigmentation. Melanism may be caused by genetic or environmental conditions.
Danaus plexippusBlazing stars (Liatris sp.) are very common in our part of Florida and are an important nectar source for the monarchs as they fly south in the late fall.
Danaus plexippusThe monarch migration in the Florida Panhandle usually occurs when the groundsel or salt bush (Baccharis sp.) is blooming.
This butterfly was one of several hundred monarchs that was "roosting" in the branches of the groundsel that is found along the coast.
Danaus gilippusThe dark spots on the wings near the body of this Queen butterfly are scent glands found only on males of this species.
Polygonia interrogationisWith wings folded, you can distnguish the Question Mark from the similar Comma by the two white marks that some say resemble a question mark.
Anthanassa texana seminole
Chlosyne nycteisThis is a mating pair of Silvery Checkerspots.