Saturday, September 5, 2009

It takes a caterpillar to make a butterfly

Gulf Fritillary Butterflies have been prolific in my garden recently.  I saw 1 or 2 after I planted the first Passiflora incarnata (aka Purple passionflower, Maypop).  Today I saw 4 or 5 flying close by and 2 of the vines are alive with caterpillers. I don't understand why some gardeners don't want their plants eaten.  Don't they realize that you wouldn't have the beauty of the butterfly if you didn't have a caterpillar eating away at some point?

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