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Unknown Butterfly 1 - Agraulis vanillae

Unknown Butterfly 1 - Agraulis vanillae
Clermont, Central Florida County, Florida, USA
September 23, 2007
Size: 2 1/2 inches
Never seen this one before. In shape very similar to the Gulf Fritillary, the body seems to be almost identical with the Gulf Fritillary. The underwing colors bear similarities as well - bright white spots, brownish main color.
Noticable when flying is the bright red and black. Encountered it in brushy area, close to woods.

Images of this individual: tag all
Unknown Butterfly 1 - Agraulis vanillae Unknown Butterfly 1 - Agraulis vanillae

Tropical Butterflies
I scanned about 150-200 images of tropical butterflies from various sources - turned up nothing - some Heloconians are out there in red and black - but this fellow here sure is not a longwing. So I will keep looking. :)

Impressive
Anomaly. Not listed in Scott or anywhere else I see.

 
Anomaly
Thanks for trying. Though I have my doubts on it being an anomaly. The patterns and colorscheme seem pretty distinctive. However I'm glad, that I got it in the 1st place It was in the midst of brush... :)

Cheers, Klaus

 
Possibly
I was not being quite confident enough in my other note. This is indeed a Gulf Fritillary. There will be no other species with the exact spot placement and this coloration. It may be the first of its kind photographed. Or it could be a known variant that is just extremely rare. It is not a wandered species. There are no other species in the genus in our area. And it is very impressive.

 
Caught him again
I posted the whole enchilada on my website
http://virtua-gallery.com/wp/2007/09/25/the-butterfly-adventure/
11 new images in much better quality.
Maybe that gets us a little closer to solve the mystery! :)
Thanks again!

 
Interesting...
Though I don't quite follow. If it's a Gulf Fritillary, then it might be a "Freak of Nature" - a one time occurrence. As I said before - to me it looks more like a close cousin, maybe the assumption of variant - known or unknown hits closer to home. I will try tomorrow morning to "catch" him again, hopefully getting better and more detailed images.
By the way - what means "wandered species"?
I will keep you posted.
Cheers, Klaus

 
Interesting...
Though I don't quite follow. If it's a Gulf Fritillary, then it might be a "Freak of Nature" - a one time occurrence. As I said before - to me it looks more like a close cousin, maybe the assumption of variant - known or unknown hits closer to home. I will try tomorrow morning to "catch" him again, hopefully getting better and more detailed images.
I will keep you posted.
Cheers, Klaus

 
I thought gulf frit in the cl
I thought gulf frit in the closed wing photo, but the open wing shot really threw me off. -Nina

 
Not listed in my Kaufman fiel
Not listed in my Kaufman field guide either--not even under rarities.

The wing configuration seems to point to fritilaries, longwings... but like you said, I can't find anything. I actually flipped through nearly every page in my guide (skipped through skippers);

Maybe try looking in some of the guides for Mexico and the Caribbean in case it's one that's made it's way here from there--some of the clearwings I see regularly in Mexico are in FL too.

 
New Images of the unknown Butterfly
I posted a batch on my site - 11 new images in better quality.
http://virtua-gallery.com/wp/2007/09/25/the-butterfly-adventure/
Thanks for your help!

 
Audobon is a dud, too
But checking Tropicals might be worth a try. Thanks for trying, too!
Cheers, Klaus

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