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(Boisduval & Le Conte, 1835)
Species: A. vanillae
The Gulf Fritillary or Passion Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) is a striking, bright orange butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, subfamily Heliconiinae. These were formerly classified in a separate family, the Heliconiidae or longwing butterflies, and like other longwings this species does have long, rather narrow wings in comparison with other butterflies. It is not closely related to the true fritillaries. It is a medium to large butterfly, with a wingspan of 6-9.5 cm (2.4-3.7 in). Its underwings are buff, with large silvery spots.It takes its name from the fact that migrating flights of the butterflies are sometimes seen over the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf Fritillary is commonly seen in parks and gardens, as well as in open country. Its range extends from Argentina through Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean to the southern United States, as far north as the San Francisco Bay Area on the west coast. It is occasionally found further north in the US.
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Le papillon est bien placﾃｩ dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les dﾃｩtails du papillon Agraulis vanillae. La bonne luminositﾃｩ fait ressortir la beautﾃｩ des couleurs. Bonne soirﾃｩe.
Ciao Luciano, chiusura col botto, fantastica cubana tutto magnifico, luce, colori, dettagli e nitidezza, favolosa macro, bravissimo, ti auguro un anno felice e con tante belle farfalle come wuesta, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
Great macro of this Passion Butterfly, fine lateral POV to show its patterns,
excellent light, great focus, sharpness, details and contrast, TFS
Flash didn't fire - it's not even your photo. :-) No, it absolutely is, this style is your trademark. Perfect exposure and light usage, while the wide aperture mish-mashed the uninteresting background very well, helping to gain all attention on the well contrasting and tack sharp butterfly. White balance is even fantastic here, I love it! Absolutely outstanding image, bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, Lﾃ｡szlﾃｳ