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Gulf Fritillary
2005-09-08 10:18:28

The Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) is a striking, bright orange butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It was formerly classified in a separate family, the Heliconiidae or longwing butterflies. Like other longwings it does have long, rather narrow wings in comparison with other butterflies. It is not closely related to the true fritillaries. It is a medium to large butterfly, with a wingspan...

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ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.