The Gulf fritillary, Agraulis vanillae (Linnaeus), is a brightly colored butterfly common across extreme southern portions of the United States. At home in most open, sunny habitats, it frequents roadsides, disturbed sites, fields, open woodlands, pastures, yards, and parks.
The Gulf fritillary is a medium-sized butterfly with elongated forewings. Adults have a wingspan range of 65 to 95 mm. Females are generally larger than males. The upper surface of the wings is bright orange with black markings. The forewing cell contains three black-rimmed white spots. The undersides of the wings are brown with elongated silvery-white spots.
Spotted in the grassy dunes of Myrtle Beach's beach on October 10, 2019.
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