Variegated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia

The Lesser Frit that is less orange than the Great Spangled. Usually noticeably smaller. Loves open fields. Usually found flying low or perched on the ground or grasses. Uses both violets and Passion Vines, Passiflora, for its foodplants. Often common in open areas. In the east this is an easy identification. In the west the Frits get crazy.

Exterior of a mating pair. Note the uncharacteristic pattern for eastern Frits with banding and no spots.

And this female was egg laying in my violets in the yard in 2011 in July and then taking nectar breaks on my wife's coneflower.

Chrysalis of the Variegated. Basal tuft attachment.