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Jun 15, 2015 6:34 AM CST
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
I live in Jacksonville Florida Zone 8. Can anyone help with the id of this butterfly?
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Jun 15, 2015 9:16 AM CST
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
Gulf Fritillary, one of the most common butterflies in Florida. Eats passion vine as a caterpillar.
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Jun 15, 2015 10:22 AM CST
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
Thank you very much
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Jun 17, 2015 4:31 PM CST
Southeast US (Zone 7b)
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Here's a photo that I took of a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar eating on a Passion flower bud

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Jun 18, 2015 6:11 AM CST
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
That is definitely an odd looking caterpillar compared to ones I typically see. I do have a passion flower vine so maybe I will get to see one of those
thanks
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Jun 18, 2015 6:20 AM CST
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
Do you know what kind of passion vine you have? It will also likely attract Zebra Longwings. Their caterpillars are white with black bristles. By the way, neither caterpillar will sting you, but never touch one if you don't know! Here's the Zebra Longwing caterpillar.

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The Zebra Longwing butterfly is our official state butterfly and looks like this.

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