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As many know, my biggest passion is to photograph butterflies and insects, and many friends have always enjoyed my gallery on Treknature. In my last trip to Cuba I had plenty of time to devote to this activity, I photographed many butterflies and I thought of showing an even friends of TE ....
You're watching a Gulf Fritillary or Passion Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) a bright orange butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, subfamily Heliconiinae. These were formerly classified in a separate family, the Heliconiidae or longwing butterflies, and like other longwings this species does have long, rather narrow wings in comparison with other butterflies. It is not closely related to the true fritillaries. It is a medium to large butterfly, with a wingspan of 6–9.5 cm (2.4–3.7 in). Its underwings are buff, with large silvery spots.It takes its name from the fact that migrating flights of the butterflies are sometimes seen over the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf Fritillary is commonly seen in parks and gardens, as well as in open country. Its range extends from Argentina through Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean to the southern United States, as far north as the San Francisco Bay Area on the west coast. It is occasionally found further north in the US.

LA MIA PASSIONE

Come in molti sanno, la mia passione più grande è quella di fotografare farfalle ed insetti, e tanti amici hanno sempre apprezzato la mia galleria su Treknature. Nella mia ultima vacanza a Cuba ho avuto molto tempo a disposizione per dedicarmi a questa attività, ho fotografato molte farfalle ed ho pensato di mostrarne una anche agli amici di TE.... La specie che vi mostro è molto comune nel centro e sud America ed il suo nome scientifico è Agraulis Vanillae.

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