Some folks like to be inside. I must say I do like to be inside when I eat and sleep. Ok, some other times too. However my favorite times are outdoors with nature. 🙂

As I opened the garage door to go out I saw something hanging off the door. Was it a moth?
So a closer look was warranted. Would it fly off? Can you see what it was?
It was a beautiful! At this point I was not for sure what species the chrysalis was. However the back view did remind me of a Variegated Fritillary’s larva.
It’s exuvia head was still on it! This really didn’t match the color of what I thought was the Variegated Fritillary chrysalis. So now I wondered if it was only an hour or so into the process. Since the little guy wanted to be in a protection of the inside the garage, well you guessed it.

Yes, I brought it in to be safe from predators. I had gently cut it loose from the garage. Then using rubber cement I reattached it to a twig. Oh it wiggled while I did this. 🙂 Yep, hours later I found it was a match for the Variegated Fritillary! I supposed I had missed the earlier phase of the chrysalis previously.
Silvery with gold snubbies!

Later on my walk I found a Variegated Fritillary larva!

Now my new house guest will be inside until it requests to leave in ten or twelve days!

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  1. Congrats on the fritillary baby – look forward to emergence!
    Wonderful seahorse videos – so unique!

  2. Wow how beautiful. I am curious to hear if it stays that colorful as it develops. You would think we would notice them more. And thank you for explaining how you attached it to the twig. I had wondered about that.

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