Remember that mystery chrysalis that K2 found in her garden? We thought it might be a pipevine swallowtail.
We were wrong.
We kept it for a couple of weeks and then one morning, lo and behold, we found this.
We recognized it immediately! A Great Spangled Fritillary.
We get loads of these here. And their caterpillars are black, with orange spikes - very similar to the pipevine swallowtail caterpillars.
The butterflies have silver - silver! - spots on the back of their hind wings.
Here you can see the black spots on the back of the forewings - just showing.
It took this one a while to dry off and take its bearings.
And we were waiting impatiently, because we wanted to see if it was a male or female.
We think this one is a male. The females are much darker.
Note the bottom edges of the wings. See the fine black line and the little spots? That's indicative of a Great Spangled instead of an Aphrodite. The Aphrodites have a very heavy dark line along the bottoms of the forewings that tapers off on the hindwings. Now you know.