|The Mexican Fritillary Butterfly is a
resident of Central America, Mexico,
the West Indies, but it strays to southern California, central Arizona,
and central Texas. The butterflies prefer to live in open areas such as
fields, forest edges and near open streams.
Adult butterflies eat flower
nectar. This one is probing the flower of a thistle for food.
Adults fly swiftly and erratically above
low vegetation during the day light hours in search of food. Females lay
one egg at a time on host plants.