Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae - click for larger image

This butterfly is probably a little far north than it should be in January. Perched here on Gregg Dalea, either to allow its wings to dry, or to feed on the few blossoms it found. It stayed still the whole time I was taking pictures of it and the Dalea greggii, so my guess is the former. The passion flower vines that it usually feeds on are dead and I recently cut them back so as to keep the HOA happy with appearances…