What is this???

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Found these "things"/caterpillars all over my wife's new passion flower vine. They almost ate the poor thing up in less than a week. Yes, it's dead (sorry) but I didn't want it eating up my new plant!!! Never seen one before, although they are very interesting! Very pretty, actually! There were about 1.5 dozen on the plant by the time I noticed them. What is it? Help? Thanks!!!

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I have not idea what it is but I think your photos are great.
Thanks! I decided to not be so lazy... it is the larvae of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly... feeds exclusively on this plant, and from the damage they did on mine in such a short time, they are very "passionate" about the passion vine!!! :biggrin:
 
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Very nice shots, wish I could get my macros to look that good. Cool avatar pic you got there also :wink:

Tom
 
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Very nice shots, wish I could get my macros to look that good. Cool avatar pic you got there also :wink:

Tom
Thanks! I used my light kit for these, two flashes, one through an umbrella. I also am really liking ACR for my RAWs, with a final little tweak in PSCS3. My buddy used to breed/keep green trees (if that's what your avatar is, I can never quite tell between those and the other pythons!!!) :smile:
 
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Thanks! I decided to not be so lazy... it is the larvae of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly... feeds exclusively on this plant, and from the damage they did on mine in such a short time, they are very "passionate" about the passion vine!!! :biggrin:
That would be the Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar

http://bugguide.net/node/view/55951

See him in action...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=gX8MUw6b3mI
Yup, that's what I found, too. Thanks!
 
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