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Mexican Fritillary Butterfly

The Mexican Fritillary is an orange butterfly with a dark brown pattern that extends throughout the fore and hind wings. It has a dark brown to orange body and a wing span up to 3 inches.

Natural History

The Mexican Fritillary Butterfly is a resident of Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies, but it strays to southern California, central Arizona, and central Texas. The butterflies prefer to live in open areas such as fields, forest edges and near open streams.

Adult butterflies eat flower nectar. This one is probing the flower of a thistle for food.

Adults fly swiftly and erratically above low vegetation during the day light hours in search of food. Females lay one egg at a time on host plants.

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