Location: New Braunfels TX
April 15, 2012 6:52 pm
I have found these caterpillars on my Passion Flower plant having a good time
eating to there hearts content and leaving nothing behind. Is this a typical plant for these caterpillars that are making a nuisance to my plants. I understand there are several varieties . Is there anyway to remove them without destroying them?
Though it resembles a Mourning Cloak Caterpillar and is in the same family, this is actually the caterpillar of a Gulf Fritillary. If you remove they from your passion flower and you do not relocate them to another passion flower, they will not survive. Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars only feed on plants in the genus Passiflora. The range of the butterfly has grown with the cultivation of its food plant. The adult Gulf Fritillaries are lovely orange butterflies with silver spots on the under surface of the wings.