Gulf Fritillary, Dione vanillae <LEP116>
This longwing is considered a fritillary because as with most butterflies it has brilliant metallic silver spots beneath. On the hindwing and the tip of the forewing, these spots are set in a field of olive-gold. The rest of the forewing changes to crimson-pink. It is common across the South and all around the Gulf of Mexico. It prefers flowers of the beggar’s tick and lantana, and the caterpillars feed on passion fruit vine.