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As rare as the endangered Diana Fritillary (previous Post) is, the Spangled Fritillary is common and widespread. The Gulf Fritillary is fairly common here in the mountains. For example, I see the Spangled Fritillaries many times each day (May through October) and I have seen the Gulf Fritillary 2 dozen times this spring and summer. The Gulf Fritillary uses the native Passion Flower Vine as its host plant and these flowers are very common here in Newton County, Arkansas.

 

Spangled Fritillary

Spangled Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

native Passion Flower (HOST) for Gulf Fritillary

native Passion Flower (HOST) for Gulf Fritillary

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Still 2 weeks away from the official start of autumn ! But a 64F this morning with N Breeze and a sunny and beautiful day, I trekked down to the Little Buffalo River and sat in the shade next to a patch of wildflowers next to the stream and photographed a few juvenile Hummingbirds on some recently emerging Great Blue Lobelia; from there, the day just got more beautiful !! I was then joined by an Eastern Wood PeeWee gleaning aquatic insects from over the flowing water and a beautiful Gulf Fritillary on a white blossom:

 

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