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Butterfly Pictures

Discussion in 'Invertebrates General' started by Padfoot, Feb 15, 2005.

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  1. Padfoot

    Padfoot Elite Member


    A couple of weeks ago, I left a small carrier out drying after hosing it. When I went to pick it up the next day I found that a caterpillar had decided to make it's crisalis on the lid. I put the lid on the carrier and left it there. It has been pretty cool to even watch the crisalis, cause it moved toward the sun every day (and at night was straight vertical). This morning, while I was having breakfast, I noticed that the crisalis was "hatching". I watched it, took a couple of pictures and then went to my class. I had only one class, so I arrived home an hour after. I took a couple more pictures, now that the buttefly was fully open and flying around, ad then let it go. I thought you might enjoy the butterfly pictures, so here they are: (Hey, Matt, if you are around here, can you identify it? I know you love to do that... )





  2. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    That's so cool !!!
  3. venus

    venus Founding Member

    That is so awesome. Thanks for sharing.
  4. Padfoot

    Padfoot Elite Member

    Thanks, I'm glad you liked them. 8)
  5. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    lol, you bet I do :D Fortunately, entomology is another hobby of mine. Your butterfly is definately a fritillary of some kind. I'd say its a gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae). In the U.S. they live in the south near the gulf of Mexico, and live in florida too. Puerto Rico's not that far away, so I wouldn't be surprised if you can find gulf fritillaries there too. However, yours is lacking 3 little white spots that should have been located in those black "shoulder" spots on his wings. This doesn't mean he can't be a gulf fritillary though, but if he's not, he's definately a very close relative.
  6. Padfoot

    Padfoot Elite Member

    8) I know you would know! LOL... in the other forum, a girl guessed it too. 8) She gave the scientific name, which I don't remember, but she said "mexican fritillary" hehehe... I copied this same post in the other forums I am and in 1 of them you are not a member and I forgot to take out your name... anyway, they want to know what it is, so I'll copy/paste your response there. 8)
  7. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    Mexican fritillaries (Euptioeta hegesia) are close, but yours has too much reddish color to be a normal looking mexi. The pattern is slightly off too.
    Here's a mexican fritillary (Euptioeta hegesia)
    http://www.neotropicalbutterflies.c...ries/Euptoieta heghesia Mexican Frit D RL.jpg

    and here's a gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

    Pay close attention to the bottom rim of the lower pair of wings too.

    Gulf fritillaries also have some subspecies, so I wouldn't be surprised if there's one specific to PR. With that bright orange yours displays it would be a male. The females are more brown.
  8. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    Very awesome!
  9. Ace

    Ace Elite Member


    I love the pics! :D
  10. BrianS

    BrianS Elite Member

    Most Excellent!!!! :)
  11. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    how beautiful. i remember when i was younger i got one of those kits where you send away for the caterpillars and raise yur own butterflies. it was the coolest thing. i remember i ended up with five butterflies hatching. i don't remember what kind they were but they were beautiful. all of them were let go except for one whose wings didn't develop right and were all crinkly. it tried to fly but just couldn't. i kept it for as long as i could and fed it and everything but it died a few days later. it was a cool experience though to see something like that. :D thanks for sharing the pics.
  12. Padfoot

    Padfoot Elite Member

    When I was younger, my uncles had a house in the country and there were a few month were they had some plants that got covered in caterpillars. Millions of them, the same breed, they always almost killed the plants and then it was just beautiful when the butterflies hatched. They were bright yellow, and you could see them anyway (kind of like the pictures of the monarch butterflies migrating, but with bright yellow butterflies). I also loved the caterpillars, they were so pretty! Black with bright yello stripes and a red head. 8) about 4-5 inches long. I'll see if I can figure out what butterflies they are and find a pic of them. 8)
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