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Genus Agraulis

Gulf fritillary caterpillars, two instars - Agraulis vanillae Agraulis vanillae Shiny Butterfly - Agraulis vanillae - female Gulf Fritillary - Agraulis vanillae Gulf Fritillary - Agraulis vanillae Gulf Fritillary - Agraulis vanillae Butterfly - Agraulis vanillae Caterpillar. - Agraulis vanillae
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Subfamily Heliconiinae (Heliconians and Fritillaries)
Tribe Heliconiini (Longwings or Heliconians)
Genus Agraulis
Explanation of Names
Very closely related to, and sometimes included in the genus Dione.
Numbers
Includes two species. Agraulis lucina is sometimes included within A. vanillae, but appears distinctly different.
Identification
Slender orange wings with silver spots underneith. Can only be confused with much rarer Dione in southern Texas, which have black stripes instead of black-ringed white/silver spots on the front wing (there may be some silver in the widest stripes on the under side).
Range
Agraulis vanillae is wide-ranging in American tropics and subtropics from the United States to Argentina; often straying into temperate latitudes during warm season. Agraulis lucina is found in the Amazon Basin in South America, and does not occur in North America.