Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
Variegated Fritillary is a common butterfly of open fields.
Durham Co., NC 8/15/10.
Durham Co., NC 8/10/08.
Brunswick Co., NC 8/27/05.
Alleghany Co., NC 9/3/06.
Orange Co., NC 8/3/03.
Durham Co., NC 8/17/03.
They almost never sit still. If you see a still one, look for the crab spider giving the butterfly a kiss of death.
Scotland Co., NC 10/3/2001.
The colorful and spiky Variegated Fritillary caterpillars feed on passionflower (Passiflora spp.) vines. The spikes discourage birds from eating them.