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I HAVE A PASSION VINE THAT IS SEVERAL YEARS OLD. THIS SUMMER IT COME OUT AND WAS DOING WELL AS USUAL. THEN WE HAD SOME ORANGE BUTTERFLIES THAT WERE ATTRACTED TO IT AND I GUESS THEY LAID EGGS. THE NEXT THING WE KNEW THERE WERE SMALL ORANGE CATEPILLARS ON THE VINE AND THEY HAD JUST ABOUT EATEN THE VINE UP. NO,LEAVES LEFT. CAN ANUONE TELL ME WHAT THEY MIGHT BE? NEVER HAD THIS HAPPEN UNTIL THIS YEAR.

 

 

 

 

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I have the same catepillars on my passion vine.I just pull them off and drop them in soapy water. They havn't done a lot of damage yet.
We did not even see these until it was too late. They ate nearly every leaf off this vine and it was a big one and the butterflies are still hovering around the vine.I just don't know what kind of butterflies these are. They have never bothered it before.We sprayed with oil soap and water mix.Hope my vine comes back.
If the caterpillars are orange with black bristly spines on them, they are Gulf Fritillary butterflies in process! They will strip your passion vines, but think of all the butterflies you will have. Usually your passion vine will come back, probably where you didn't intend it to grow. They can spread like crazy.
Glad to know what they are. Did not spray it with pesticides or anything since it was already eaten.Hope it comes back. Is this all the catepillars eat? We have a yellow trumpet vine beside it and they were not on any of the flowers or other vines, just swarming around the passion vine.
I let the caterpillars eat on my passion flower vine every year and it still thrives...and we have a LOT of the caterpillars (and just as many beautiful butterflies!!) I do think that this year the wasps have kept things under control...I see them out hunting every morning! To me the pros outweigh the cons!
As far as I know, that is the only vine that they eat. I read about them after the I found them on my vine the first year.

they eat mine too, but thats why i planted it, it's a host plant for the Gulf Fritillary. why i also grow 8 different milkweeds and 6 different dutch pipe vines. they will chew them up pretty bad but the plants always come back for me. 

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