Chrysalis of a Variegated Fritillary

Identification of shell
Location: Northeast Ohio
November 30, 2011 1:21 am
Any idea what butterfly or moth this shell belonged to?
Signature: Devon

Variegated Fritillary Chrysalis

Hi Devon,
This is the Chrysalis of the Variegated Fritillary,
Euptoieta claudia, and you can see a photo from BugGuide to verify our identification.  The adult is a wide ranging lovely orange butterfly.  The name “chrysalis” can be traced to the Greek word for “gold” and this lovely Chrysalis is an excellent example of the gold coloration that is found in so many butterfly pupae.

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