The Variegated Fritillary is brownish orange above, with black markings. Beneath, the wings appear as a dead leaf, with an array of spots and patches in shades of brown. In contrast, the Gulf Fritillary is a brighter orange and longer-winged. It is often found in open fields, prairies and roadsides. It features a low, erratic flight and is difficult to approach and photograph.
Host plants: Passion vines, violets, Pansies, Purslane, Mayapple, Flax, others
Variegated Fritillary Caterpillar, with its orange body marked by black stripes and white spots, and spines
Variegated Fritillary Butterfly ... on Milkweed
Variegated Fritillary Butterfly ... on Butterfly Bush