ask-whats-that-bug/Subject: Golden caterpillar
Location: Corozal Belize
February 10, 2016 10:21 am
Hi Bugman,
We found another caterpillar. This time, it one about an inch and a quarter long and about a quarter inch wide. But what is really cool is its coloration – shiny, bright gold. My photo just doesn’t do it justice. I hope you can tell us what kind a caterpillar it is.
Cheers,
Signature: Winjama

Nymphalidae Chrysalis

Mexican Fritillary Chrysalis

Dear Winjama,
This was once a caterpillar, but now it is a Chrysalis of a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae.  We have not had any luck finding any matching images.  We will contact Keith Wolfe to see if he can provide a species name.

Nymphalidae Chrysalis

Mexican Fritillary Chrysalis

Keith Wolfe Responds
Greetings Winjama and Bugman,
This is the very beautiful pupa of the Mexican Fritillary (Euptoieta hegesia) . . .
http://www.butterfliesofamerica.com/euptoieta_hegesia_meridiania_immatures.htm
http://www.butterfliesofamerica.com/images/Nymphalidae/Argynnini/Euptoieta_hegesia_meridiana/Euptoieta_hegesia_meridiania_pupa_PANAMA_PANAMA_PROV_San_Jose_01-VII-2011.JPG
. . . a fairly common butterfly in disturbed habitats throughout Belize.
Best wishes,
Keith

Location: Corozal, Belize

2 Responses to Mexican Fritillary Chrysalis from Belize

  1. firecal says:

    This time, it one about an inch and a quarter long and about a quarter inch wide. But what is really cool is its coloration – shiny, bright gold. Where such information?

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