Variegated Fritillary on Violets

After posting the caterpillar of the Variegated Fritillary, we thought we should show the actual butterfly.

Variegated Frittilary on Violets

It’s laying eggs on violet leaves, one of many plants it may choose that the caterpillars like. Some of you may recall the plant the caterpillar was on in Friday’s post was not a violet. (It was a Passion Flower leaf.)

Interestingly, one of our readers wrote that she tried to move the caterpillars from the violets in her lawn when it was time to mow, but she could not get them to eat the leaves of the Passion Flower, which she has found Variegated Fritillaries eating before. Apparently they do not like to switch!

 

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2 thoughts on “Variegated Fritillary on Violets

  1. That’s interesting about them not wanting to switch up their diet. It makes me think of how monarch butterflies have become endangered because modified crops allow farmers to spray weed killer over entire feeds, destroying their sole milkweed plant caterpillar food source. I’m very alarmed. Wish I had an entire field to plant. I’ve recently bought two milkweed plants, at least.

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