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One of the most dazzling North American butterflies.  It's silvered underside spots gleam in the sun while the intense orange upperside has layers of color.  


Open woodlands, scrub, gardens and disturbed habitats.

Flight Period

Throughout warm weather.

Caterpillar Foodplants

Passionflowers (Passiflora).

Other Notes

If you live north of its southern range, just wait a few years because this species is moving northward with climate change.

Scientific Information

Scientific Name - Agraulis vanillae