I've been hoping for gulf fritillaries, but haven't seen any all year, until today, that is! I had gone out to the garden with my shovel in hand to do some work, but got side tracked when I saw what was obviously a female (very tawny) gulf frit. She nectared, nectared, basked, and nectared some more, mostly on the Sonset lantana. She went to this passionflower and nectared on it briefly -
I got a picture of her on it, but her wings were closed, and you couldn't really see her. She ventured toward some leaves just above the flower, but I couldn't see if she laid an egg or even her body position while she was there. I couldn't find an egg. Then she went back to nectaring, nectaring, basking and nectaring some more.
It may be that she's been traveling for a long time without any liquid nourishment and needed to regain her strength - butterflies gain energy from the sun as well as nectar. I hope she stays and lays me a lot of eggs soon!
I got these pictures of her -