I got a big surprise today.
I went outside to see if there were any Butterflies flying around. I noticed a Gulf Fritillary flying nearby the Passion Vine so I went to investigate.
Holy Cow! There were tons of Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars all over the Passion Vine. I’d guess there were 50 or more.
I’ve seen the Gulf Fritillaries around for the last few months, but nothing out of the ordinary. However, even though I haven’t seen an outrageous amount, they apparently have been laying lots of eggs. Those eggs and now nice sized Caterpillars.
I know other insects don’t view these Caterpillars as very scary looking, but if I was a bird or other animal, this would be the last thing I would try and eat.
As I went around the backyard checking for other Butterfly Caterpillars, I noticed something hanging off of our large Butterfly enclosure.
This particular Butterfly Enclosure is on a completely different side of the yard compared to where the Passion Vine is located. This little thing traveled quite a long way.
Then I see an example of just why there are so many Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars.