Wisconsin Native Caterpillars
Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar
Genus-Species: Agraulis Agraulis vanillae
Description: Brownish orange with black, branched spines.
These spines are not harmful to humans.
Chrysalis: Elongated, curved; mottled beige in color.
Resembles a dead, curled leaf.
Host Plants: Host plants are Passion Vine and Passion
Habitat: Open areas, parks, and gardens.
Comments: The Gulf Fritillary is a rare stray to
Wisconsin, having been reported from only three counties.
Caterpillars come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. Some caterpillars are quite hairy,
while others are smooth. Despite differences between species, though, all caterpillars
share certain morphological features.
Take this quick quiz and see how much you know about caterpillars. This quiz is intended for fun, in
a random-facts-can-be-cool kind of way.
How does this magic happen? Learn about metamorphosis - the process of transformation from an
immature form to an adult bitterfly.