Geographic location of the bug: Louisa, Virginia
Time: 02:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: What caterpillar is this and what plant is it’s host?
How you want your letter signed: Sharon
We believe this is a Variegated Fritillary Caterpillar and according to BugGuide: “Larvae feed on Violets & Pansy (Viola), Flax (Linum), Passion Vine (Passiflora), Damiana (Turnera), 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.”