Category Archives: Gulf Fritillary

Butterflies, Dogs, Lizards, and Hummers

I’m back after a long hiatus. I finally decided to pick up the camera again, after using my iPhone to take just random shots. The afternoon light was horrendous, but I still had fun.

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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly On Purple Lantana

2011 was such a devastating year for the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly, at least in my backyard.  The drought was so bad I think it affected many Butterflies, but in terms of normal abundance, this species was hit pretty hard.  Fast forward to 2012, and now January 2013 and these Butterflies have really made a comeback.  […]

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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly With A Colorful Background

I like the following Gulf Fritillary Butterfly picture because of my accidental glowing background.  The butterfly is on a peach Zinnia, and behind that there was a pink Zinnia, and the blue background was the accidental part which is actually part of a pool float.

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Queen And Gulf Fritillary Butterflies In The Morning

I went outside this morning because the temperature was so nice.  I was surprised to see so many Butterflies flying around.  There was an Female Eastern Black Swallowtail laying tons of eggs on the Fennel, lots of Gulf Fritillaries getting nectar from the nectar plants (Zinnia and Lantana), and a male Queen Butterfly on the […]

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Sigma 180mm f2.8 Macro Lens Review

Let me start off by saying I had very high hopes for this lens and I have no bias against Sigma.  I’m also not an expert, so feel free to take my review with a grain of salt.  In short, I am returning this lens.  I’m just not loving it, and to my eyes, the […]

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Gulf Fritillary Butterflies Mating And Being Attacked By Wasp

Although I haven’t posted much lately, it’s not because there hasn’t been any Butterfly activity in the backyard.  Right now we have Giant Swallowtails, Monarchs, Skippers, Sulphurs, Eastern Black Swallowtails, and lots and lots of Gulf Fritillary Butterflies. Last year with the drought, the Gulf Fritillaries really appeared to be effected.  We saw very few.  […]

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Gulf Fritillary On Yellow Flower

Last year the Gulf Fritillary butterflies seemed to be hit especially hard with the drought.  Fortunately this year we have seen quite a few.  I’ve also spotted several Gulf Fritillary caterpillars and chrysalises. The picture below is from my wildflower garden.  I’ve essentially just let it grow wild this year and it has done fantastic.  […]

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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge: Skillern Tract

I did take my trip to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.  Specifically I went to the Skillern Tract part of the refuge.  I can’t recommend this part of the wildlife refuge highly enough.  It is awesome!  From what I read, it’s still relatively unknown among birders, but that probably won’t last for long.  I actually went […]

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A Single Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

I’ve mentioned previously that we really haven’t seen many Gulf Fritillary Butterflies this year.  I still think the drought has something to do with that.  However, while I was out photographing the Monarch Butterflies, I noticed a smaller Butterfly chasing the Monarchs.  It turns out it was a Gulf Fritillary. I’m assuming this one is […]

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Where Have The Gulf Fritillary Butterflies Been?

Before this year and the drought we have experienced, one of the most common Butterflies we had in the backyard was the Gulf Fritillary.  That has not been the case this year.  We have seen very few and as a result our Passion Vine is taking over one area of the garden (from the lack […]

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Finally A Butterfly Appears: A Gulf Fritillary

Finally a Butterfly appeared in the garden!  We’ve seen next to nothing this entire summer.  Everyone in this area just wants the Summer to be over, and to get a little rain. The Butterfly that appeared was a Gulf Fritillary and it showed up right after I was done watering the Zinnia garden.

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First Day With New EF 300 F2.8

I finally got a chance to take out my new lens, the Canon EF 300 f2.8, and it was a real treat.  This lens picks up so much detail it’s amazing! I also got a chance to take a picture of a bird utilizing my new bird pond/photography blind I built last week.  I took […]

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Big Release Day For Monarch Butterflies

Today was a big release day for Monarch Butterflies.  We released a total of 6 Monarchs today.  We also found a Monarch and Gulf Fritillary feeding on the Mexican Flame Vine. My plan was to place each of the 6 Monarchs on this Cherry Blossom and take a few pictures.  Of course that plan failed […]

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December 2010 Monarch Butterfly Garden Update

I don’t have any pictures to share tonight but I thought I’d provide an update on our Butterfly Garden, particularly with the Monarchs. Strangely enough, we have quite a few Monarch Butterflies right now.  We’ve been releasing 1-2 Monarchs per day for the last couple of weeks.  In a way, this makes some sense.  In […]

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Gulf Fritillary Butterflies On Purple Lantana

In addition to the Monarchs, the Gulf Fritillary Butterflies are taking advantage of the warm weather and laying eggs and getting nectar from the Trailing Purple Lantana.  I’m not sure how long this plant is supposed to stay in bloom, but it is really doing well.

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