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