Variegated Fritillary,  Euptoieta claudia  <LEP106>


     This is not a true fritillary, lacing silver spots.  The name comes from a complex pattern of brown, white, and orange scaling on the underside.  Frosty white areas and veins run through the tan base color, while the inner part of the forewing is bright orange.  Eyespots are bluish-black.  The caterpillars feed on many kinds of plants, not common in most butterflies.  Every spring this resident of the South populates the northern states, only to die back with the frosts of autumn.