The Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar perfectly bisected a Passion Flower.

20 Comments on “Bisected”

  1. I have had them eating the Passionflowers, not sure why that seems weird, but it does! Great picture.

  2. Misti says:

    That’s super interesting! Almost a dissection of sorts!

  3. Precise girl. Hope she enjoyed it.😯

  4. carol says:

    My potted passionflowers are nothing but sticks and nubs now. Not even a fruit. I think I need two pots next year and hold one as a “backup”. I still have butterflies!

  5. gaiainaction says:

    Oh my goodness 🙂

  6. Tina says:

    Mine have done that too, darn them! I wish they’d stick to the leaves and stems!

    • It did not bother me too much as the plant is making plenty of flowers. I thought it was pretty cool. My gardening style is half science experiment and I like to see what happens. No design awards for me.

  7. Karen says:

    A neighbor gave me their Passion Flower potted plant about two weeks ago so I’m wondering about the caterpillar, is it a beneficial one? Or tell me why you’d not want to get rid of it please.

    • The caterpillar will turn into the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly, so I would never get rid of it. Just as Milkweed is the host for Monarchs, Passion Flowers are for the Gulf Fritillary. Most of the time the Passion Flower will recover. I have never found those caterpillars on any other plant. Butterflies are great pollinators and we have fewer pollinators in the world right now. I just ran out to my garden and dug around to find the tag in a passion flower I have that the caterpillars will not eat. Unfortunately, it does not have a botanical name, only that it is grown in Florida. The leaves are thicker and are more rounded. I grow several plants that I expected to be eaten by caterpillars. I hope this helps convince you to keep the caterpillars.

  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, that is pretty neat!

  9. shoreacres says:

    This sure is a right place, right time photo. I’ve read that you can tell the difference between caterpillar and grasshopper nibblings because caterpillars leave smooth edges, while grasshoppers just chomp and leave messy edges. I’d say your caterpillar has smooth down pat, with symmetrical as a bonus!

    • I have never heard that. I do have the evidence of who did it. I bought that plant to be eaten, so I didn’t mind. PS Hummingbirds have arrived and I must have 10 to 12 right now. Too fast to count.

  10. Sheryl says:

    Fascinating photo – The catepiller looks like it is really enjoying its meal.

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