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Gulf Fritillary on the Raggedy Ann Zinnia

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.

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