Winged jewel: the Gulf Fritillary

Although it can change from day to day, I think my favorite butterfly right now is the Gulf Fritillary. Encountering this spectacular creature in the wild is a singular joy I’ve discovered from living here in the south-central U.S. (the species ranges south into South America).  What’s so great about it?  This is a big, easy-to-identify butterfly that is strikingly beautiful whether viewed from above or below.  Check it out today on a wild sunflower near you!


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