After molting, its new spikes are blond until they dry black. 1. Sightings in the following counties: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, Wilcox, Winston, View county names by moving the mouse over a county or view a map with county names. In addition to the size difference between the two sexes, females are usually darker in color and are more marked with black streaks as compared to the males. , In its adult form, the gulf fritillary is a medium-sized butterfly that has extended forewings and a wingspan range of 6.5 to 9.5 cm. The Gulf fritillary produces multiple generations each year. Only 1 or 2 butterfly eggs out of 100 live to become adult butterflies. Adults visit numerous flowers and migrate northward and feed on nectar. The adult butterflies use nectar from many flowers, including Lantana plants.
These fast-growing vines need supporting structures like an arbor or fence. A dot on the county map indicates that there is at least one documented record of the species within that county. The wing is curved like an air scoop to enhance flight. The sexes are dimorphic. These extra nutrients given to the females can be used by a female to her advantage during the process of oogenesis. In addition to the plants higllghted in blue below, this tropcial passionflower has also been documented as a Gulf Fritillary host in Alabama: For more information about these plants, please visit the Alabama Plant Atlas using the links above. Where Gulf Fritillary caterpillars are all orange with possible gray long stripes, Variegated Fritillary caterpillars have white patches on their bodies. Gulf fritillary, Agraulis vanillae incarnata (Riley) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), caterpillar.