The Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudi) has one of the most beautiful chrysalides. We were lucky to happen upon this one on a meadow walk. Variegated Fritillary caterpillars are also known as a pansyworms because they can be found by gardeners feeding on violets and pansies, though they have a myriad of other host plants including Mayapple. The tubercles on this native pollinator's chrysalis are a bright gold.
The Variegated Fritillary Butterfly have up to three broods per year in the north. It is a low-flying native pollinator that can be found in fields and meadows where frequents a myriad of wildflowers. It is a fast, erratic flyer, and quite difficult to photograph.