Matte silver body with brown gold spots. Jewel like. Found in northeast TN on brick of house.
Took a while but finally have an ID for this photo!
This is the pupa stage of the Variegated fritillary butterfly. Since the caterpillar is actually changing into the pupa stage, it looks very different from either the caterpillar or the adult!
The caterpillar feeds on foliage of many plants including violets, pansies, passion flowers, mayapples, stonecrop, and purselane to name a few.
The adult butterfly is orange-brown upper surface edged with black markings. The caterpillar has black spines on an orange body with rows of white dots that are outlined in black. The caterpillar is very colorful and distinctive.
This insect is found in open sunny areas particularly gardens, fields, and grasslands with flowers present.
This insect does not bite nor sting nor cause a rash.