Sighting for March 24, 2014

Alice Anderson

Private garden on Circle Drive
Dona Ana County, NM

I have seen more Gulf Fritillaries in March 2014 than in my previous 32 years of butterfly watching in southern NM. Where are they all coming from? There is one species of native passion flower here, which is a small, not common plant that grows in the mountains. Some people grow cultivated passion flowers in their urban gardens, and some of my previous sightings were near cultivated passion flowers, but I’d never seen more than one Gulf Fritillary in one year before. The garden owner says he is still seeing Gulf Fritillaries.

  • Checkered White 7
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Marine Blue 2
  • Gulf Fritillary 1