ask-whats-that-bug/Subject: Golden caterpillar
Location: Corozal Belize
February 10, 2016 10:21 am
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.
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.
Keith Wolfe Responds
Greetings Winjama and Bugman,
This is the very beautiful pupa of the Mexican Fritillary (Euptoieta hegesia) . . .
. . . a fairly common butterfly in disturbed habitats throughout Belize.