This Gulf Fritillary was one of the few butterflies seen in the GNG today. As winter approaches butterflies are becoming scarce and only a few species will be seen from now until early spring. Gulf Fritillaries can be seen looking for nectar on most warm days throughout the year and can be abundant near passion vines (Passiflora), the host plant for their larvae. Passion vine is not a native of California and not found in the GNG, but is most likely growing in someones garden near-by.
Gulf Fritillary – Agraulis vanillae