Here's a copy of the message I sent to What's That Bug?.
On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 9:21 AM, Winjama wrote:It's followed by a copy of the response:
Subject: Golden caterpillar
Location: Corozal Belize February 10, 2016 10:21 am
We found another caterpillar. This time, it one about an inch and a quarter long and about a quarter inch wide. But what is really cool is its coloration – shiny, bright gold. My photo just doesn't do it justice. I hope you can tell us what kind a caterpillar it is.
From Daniel Marlos, Feb 12, 2016 at 2:30 PMThis is followed with a copy of Keith Wolfe's response:
This was once a caterpillar, but now it is a chrysalis of a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. We have not had any luck finding any matching images. We will contact Keith Wolfe to see if he can provide a species name.
On Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 at 9:32 AM, Keith Wolfe Responded:
Greetings Winjama and Bugman,
This is the very beautiful pupa of the Mexican Fritillary (Euptoieta hegesia) . . .
. . . a fairly common butterfly in disturbed habitats throughout Belize.
He included a beautiful photo of the chrysalis. I wish my photo had captured the shiny gold like this.
So, there you have it. A butterfly chrysalis. Still pretty cool looking. BTW, Daniel is the same
Big ups to both Daniel and Keith for such knowledgeable and timely help.