Variegated Fritillary Butterfly (Euptoieta claudia)
The Variegated Fritillary is a shapely butterfly that has somewhat scalloped edges and wavy black lines on the upper side of its orange wings. The undersides of its wings are tan and brown, making it resemble a dead leaf.
There are no shiny spots like other fritillary butterflies. The caterpillar of this unique butterfly is a sleek orange with white spots and black, branched spines. The chrysalis is a wondrous pearl color, sometimes with brown spots, and shiny gold spikes. This butterfly is truly a pleasure to welcome into your garden.
See the photos below to help you identify the butterfly and caterpillar.