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Gulf Fritillary butterflies

Misty Acton, of Washington, Texas, and her eight year old son, Lynden, recently became interested in Gulf Fritillary butterflies after finding large amounts of passion flower vines covered with dark orange spiked caterpillars in their horse pastures. They observed and photographed each day's changes.
  • Butterfly egg on passion flower

    "After an hour of searching, we were able to find eight butterfly eggs," Misty notes.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • Caterpillar on passion flower

    The passion flowers are so beautiful, you almost hate to see the caterpillars eating the plants and flowers, but the butterfly that the caterpillar becomes is worth the sacrifice of a few plants!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • Pupal stage

    The caterpillars form a "J" and begin to pupate and form their chrysalis.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • Chrysalis

    "We collected 60 caterpillars in different stages of life, from newborn all the way up to adults ready to change into a butterfly," she says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • Emerging butterfly

    "It was fascinating to watch butterflies emerge," she says. "Even more amazing was seeing the newborn caterpillars that hatched from our eggs. At birth, the caterpillars are barely visible!"

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • A Gulf Fritillary butterfly!

    The end result is a beautiful Gulf Fritillary butterfly.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012

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