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Monday, April 2, 2018

Warming up and remembering

It's been in the upper 70s during the last few days, and butterflies have been passing through our yard.  Yesterday (1 April 2018), a Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) landed in a fruit tree for a few seconds.  I didn't get a great shot, but here's one for the record:

This triggered a memory of finding Gulf Fritillary caterpillars and chrysalids a couple of years ago (June 2016) while we were in the line for SF Giants Ferry.  The dock is in Larkspur, and I noticed a passionflower vine (Passiflora sp.) just before boarding:

Looking more closely, there were several Gulf Fritillary caterpillars (below) with bold stripes and prominent spikes!

And there were also a few chrysalids attached to the frame supporting the passionflower vine:

For more about Gulf Fritillaries, see the post called "Silvery spots" from 11 April 2015.

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