Subject: Spiky Neon Caterpillar
Location: Grapevine, Texas
June 1, 2012 3:10 pm
Hi.
I found this caterpillar on my neighbor’s vine. Can you please identify this for me?
Thank you!
Signature: The Bug girl

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar

Dear Bug girl,
This is the caterpillar of a Gulf Fritillary, and it will metamorphose into a lovely orange and black butterfly with large silver spots on the undersides of the lower wings.  The caterpillar feeds exclusively on the leaves of the passionflower vine.

Location: Texas

2 Responses to Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar

  1. I love these caterpillars & butterflies! I grew up with a huge passionflower vine in my back yard. One year we captured a bunch of them, put them in a terrarium with a lot of leaves & vines. We went off camping & 3 weeks later opened the terrarium to lots & lots of butterflies! They flew around us & landed on us repeatedly! Good times…

  2. Tina says:

    Thank you so much I have one on my passion fruit vine and got worried thank gosh I saw this thread !!!

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