One of the signs of the arrival of spring in Texas for me, is the first sighting of a Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) butterfly. I’m sure a sighting of pretty much any butterfly indicates that it’s about to get hot but I’m particularly font of these guys for their bright orange upper wings (which you can’t see here) and the beautiful pattern on their undersides.
I spotted this one feeding on a buttercup (Ranunculus macranthus) during a visit to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center a week or so ago.
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