Variegated Fritillaries are beautiful butterflies, and you may have them in your yard – especially if you have violets growing (in your lawn or in your garden)! Violets are the host plant of this butterfly, and in this video you can see them go through the stages – from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.
The chrysalis is really interesting! I found a beautiful one in our garden – carefully secured in the flowers of a milkweed plant, with silk surrounding it for protection. It wiggled as I filmed it. Check it out: