Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardening: busy_bee_or picture (Gulf Frittilary Caterpillar)
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Subject: Gulf Frittilary Caterpillar
I traded some plants and cuttings and received some nice passifloras. Apparantly there was an egg on one of the rooted P. caerulea leaves because I have been keeping them in the house and now have a caterpillar which I have identified as a Gulf Frittilary Butterfly caterpillar. I was worried that it would eat up all of my small rooted P. caerulea so I went out and bought a larger P. incarnata... LOL! So far it is really happy on its new vine and boy does it have an appetite! We have it in the house and are having fun watching it grow. My husband thinks that I'm nuts buying a plant for a caterpillar but there is no way that one caterpillar will eat all of the leaves... and then there is the bonus that I now have a hardy passiflora :) The only downside is that they are not native here so I don't think it will be able to reproduce.