Identification Request: caterpillar?
Location: norman ok
May 23, 2012 9:00 pm
trying to identify this caterpillar from my flower garden in norman oklahoma on May 22. i had 2 of them in close proximity.
This beautifully marked caterpillar is a Variegated Fritillary. According to BugGuide: “Larvae feed on Violets & Pansy (Viola, Flax Linum, Passion Vine (Passiflora), Moonseed (Menispermum), Mayapple (Podophyllum), Stonecrop (Sedum), Purslane (Portulaca) and others. Adults are fond of flowers, and especially seem to like Thistles and yellow Composites. They also frequently visit damp ground.” We suspect you must have violets or pansies in your garden.