Insect and Bug ID forum: Armored looking Bug????

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Name: Donna
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Shy_gardener
Aug 27, 2016 3:58 PM CST
Anyone know what this is, and should I exterminate it?
Looks to be some sort of Caterpillar? But hanging by
webbing.



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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Aug 27, 2016 4:07 PM CST
Yes Do-Not destroy it. That's a chrysalis I'm guessing some kind of caterpillar. Let's ask @mellielong she will probably know for sure.

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Name: Melanie Long
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mellielong
Aug 27, 2016 4:25 PM CST
First off, thanks for asking before exterminating. That is definitely a butterfly chrysalis. Looks like a Variegated Fritillary to me, but could be one of the other Fritillaries. Do you grow Passion Vine or Violets nearby? That's what the caterpillars eat.
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Name: Donna
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Shy_gardener
Aug 27, 2016 4:29 PM CST
Thank you Christine, yes it is a Chrysalis... says it a Metallic Mechanitis butterfly Chrysalis.... from Costa Rico

Sure is different looking...



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Shy_gardener
Aug 27, 2016 4:36 PM CST
I agree Ooops Sorry Melanie,

Yes your probably right. I just looked up Chrysalis... matched pictures...
looked like Metallic Mechanitis, But it does also looks like Variegated
Fritillary, and I have lots of those caterpillars around this year.

Don't have Passion Vine, but do have loads of wild violets...

Thanks....
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Name: Melanie Long
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mellielong
Aug 27, 2016 4:48 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Glad to help!
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