A gulf fritillary visits the patio every day.
Until a month ago we hardly ever saw these butterflies around.
I don't know if it is the same one, and if it is a female that laid eggs on the Passiflora parritae x tarminiana‘Oaklandia’ passion flower. So far I haven't seen any larvae on the leaves, but it would be nice if that's what's happening on the plant.
Here the fritillary sips nectar from a Raggedy Ann Zinnia flower.
These flowers grow to more than three feet high and are very hardy.
They bloom for many weeks before drying up.
And they are so lovely.