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Passion caterpillar

Agraulis vanillae


This caterpillar was among many others, completely stripping this vine down. It was feeding on this leaf of passion vine (Passiflora) which is their host plant. They are very common around here. The caterpillars are orange and grey when younger, and are fully orange, before pupating. The spines on this caterpillar is a false defense to predators, but contains no venom.


In my garden in Fort Worth, Texas.


My 90'th spotting.

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Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Spotted on Sep 2, 2019
Submitted on May 8, 2020

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