What is this pretty bug?
Location: Connellsville Pa
August 9, 2011 11:07 am
Hi there.My Father in law is always finding bugs for me to ID.However this one I can not ID.It kinda looked like a swallowtail caterpillar, but was hard.Notice the gold nubs on the bottom.It was hanging on the back of a board in his yard.Like I said it was rock hard.He laid it on the picnic table on his porch and the next day it was gone.He has a huge garden there.I am so intrigued by it.So pretty!
Signature: Michelle Sechrist
This is the chrysalis of a Variegated Fritillary, and this photo from BugGuide shows its natural state. Detaching a Chrysalis from its perch can sometimes compromise the life expectancy of the pupal form of a butterfly and it is safer to cut and detach the stem from the plant. Since the Chrysalis was left of the picnic table and later vanished, it would be fair to surmise that it became food for some predator, most likely a bird. Here is a photo from our archives of an adult Variegated Fritillary.
Thank you so much. I was very upset with him for moving it .Then when I found out the next day that he left it there I was even more upset.Iadore butterflies.In fact my kitchen is adorned in them.I told him never to move them again.He did feel bad though.Again, thank you for your help.Bugs are so awesome.I LOVE your site and will be viewing the bugs now for a while.Who knew there were so many!!!