1 3/4" -2 3/4'
Tawny Brown above with zigzag balck band in the middle of both wings followed by a blackish shadowy line, black dots and finally teo bands of black along the margin The Fore Wing has several black circles and crescents.
The similar Mexican Fritillary lacks dark markings on the Hind Wing disk above.
The caterpillars of this species eat more different types of plants than almost any other butterfly except the Painted Lady.
It has characteristics of both true fritillaries, who feed only on violets, and Longwing Fritillaries
On Mar 9, 2009, Sheila_FW from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I have known the Varigated Fritillary was in my area, but have never seen the caterpillars in my yard. This year I planted loads of pansies and found out that they are one of the host plants. Can't wait to see their beautiful chrysalis and release them to multiple!