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Caterpillar: Dk orange, white, black, with spines (or hair?) - Euptoieta claudia

Caterpillar: Dk orange, white, black, with spines (or hair?) - Euptoieta claudia
Near Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
November 1, 2010
Size: 1.5 inches?
Found sauntering across the driveway at 4 pm on a sunny day. Perhaps 55 degrees (didn't think to check). A very buggy (praying mantis, flies galore) hardy chrysanthemum was 3 feet behind it. Maybe he came from there? We have had warm weather. This morning we had frost for the first time. The leaf in the photo was for the photo only -- we did not find him near that plant. Not sure of his/her length; failed to measure. (Didn't know I'd have such trouble identifying him.) Thank you in advance for your input.

Thank you!
I have posted the answer (and the link to BugGuide) on my Facebook page, which is where I first posted the photo looking for help.

Variegated Fritillary is what it is
It will feed on a variety of plants, but probably not Chrysanthemum. Favorites include Violets - Viola (including Pansies), Passion Vine - Passiflora, and Flax - Linum. Here in New Mexico I have often found these larvae in the middle of the winter, so I think they overwinter in this stage (and perhaps also as pupae (?)).

Moved from ID Request.

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