One of the fun side events caused by the gardening habit is the witnessing of nature’s amazing works. Lately I’ve been seeing quite a bit of the fritillary butterfly in its various stages of growth. It’s probably the gulf fritillary butterfly but there are several different kinds in our area and even though I’m a plant person I’m not necessarily an insect person! I found the orange with black spiked caterpillars on a passion flower vine in the back near our shed. The passion flower vine is one of several possible host plants for the fritillary butterflies.
I saw this next caterpillar hanging out on a wild white eupatorium that decided to plant itself in my self-sowing garden. It’s a pretty wildflower but needs removed before it goes to seed or else it will be everywhere! (which it already is).
Then I found this cool display near my corner shade garden. This fritillary butterfly was just beginning to spread its wings.