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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly - Agraulis vanillae

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly - Agraulis vanillae
Jupiter, Florida, USA
July 5, 2004
Shot in a dried wetland area.

...Patrick, any idea what kind of flower it's on? There were also Milkweed bugs feeding on it as well...

The flower could be buttonbush, Cephalanthus
if it was a fairly large shrub at wetland edge
Hannah N-M

Thanks Hannah!

I had never encountered this type of "flower" before, so I was unsure...

btw, I've noticed you are in Gainesville...I wonder if any of the critters I've posted are similar to ones you've come across up there...

Yes, I agree that is Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis. Seems to be quite common all over eastern US in wetlands, and very attractive to insects, esp. butterflies and syrphids.

Fact sheet with good photos. Also check out this spiffy Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants from the University of South Florida. (Wow, that's a nice site.)

Sorry, meant to respond to this earlier. Remember, I'm a self-trained amateur botanist who usually knows his stuff, but sometimes makes big mistakes. Troy, your next project should be "plantguide"!

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Yes, I have seen some familiar faces
e.g. I often see that little white-spotted stink bug you posted recently. Your shot is better than mine though!

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