The larval/caterpillar stage of the Gulf fritillary butterfly is one such example. A gardener's first reaction on seeing such a spiky creature might be to wonder, "Does it sting?" The good news is that it doesn't.
|Gulf fritillary caterpillar on passionflower vine. PHOTO/courtesy Amy W.|
For fuller information about the butterfly and its other stages, including its migration and overwintering habits, visit the above linked page.