File Under Things Living in the Garden

I discovered this beautiful creature on a piece of straw in our garlic bed.


A visit to the ever-helpful Garden Insects of North America identified it as the larva of a variegated fritillary (euptoieta claudia).

Evidently these are commonly known as pansyworms, due to their appetite for pansies.

The book says they can be damaging to gardens, but I saw no damage to any garlic so I left this one in peace.

The caterpillar has this destiny.