On my morning garden walk today I went to check on my privacy trellises. Every few days I like to check the vines and encourage the little tendrils to reach up to the next row of wire. This morning on my passion flower vine I spotted two caterpillars!
I looked them up in my butterfly reference book* and found out they are the Gulf Fritillary caterpillar, which dines on the passion flower blossoms. (I think that even though the shades of orange are a little different, they are both the same type, just at different maturities. I "think.") I also found a photo in the book of what the butterfly egg looks like, and went back outside to see if I could see any one the vine. Yes! I snapped a few photos, but they are too tiny to photograph.
Here's what it will look like as a butterfly:
I love that the butterflies have found this plant already - they were one of the the reasons I chose that plant. Happy.