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Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Photographs by Mike Quinn
Shot in Texas' Rio Grande Valley in the late 1990's

(Ovipositioning at the end of a passion vine's tendril)

(Note glandular secretions on bristles of early instar)

(Early instar larva with shed exuvia, head capsule)

(molted head capsule)

(Freshly molted early instar larva)

(Phidippus sp. (Family Salticidae) preying on mid instar larva)

(Dead larva being fed on by ants)

(Note ant feeding at a passion vine's extra floral nectary)

(Close-up of late instar larva. Note lack of spiracles on 2nd & 3rd thoracic segments)

(J-shaped prepupa. Note wing buds on 2nd & 3rd thoracic segments)

(Close up showing thoracic wing buds, note that wing veins are already visible)

(Pupa with shed exuvia that didn't fall away)

(Pupa grabbed by a passion vine tendril)

(Female emerged and mated before second male arrived. Note pupa behind stem)


McAllen, Hidalgo Co., TX
November 13, 2001 (C P Garcia)

(on Royal Poinciana)

Inn At Chachalaca Bend, Los Fresnos, Cameron Co., TX
October 28, 2001 (C P Garcia)

8 Apr 2002 / Main South Texas Page