Variegated Fritillary Caterpillar (Euptoieta claudia)
Range: North America and southern South America. Permanent resident in south. Annually spreads and colonizes northwards usaully to southern Canada.
Habitat: Any open sunny area particularly fields and grasslands with flowers present. Caterpillars can often be found on Pansies, Violets, Flax, and Passion Vines in flower gardens. (This particular caterpillar was found on our basement door. Moved to a nearby log for photographing.)
Life Cycle: Multiple generations per year (up to two or three in north, and four or more overlapping broods in south).