Passion Flower and Butterflies the Gulf Fritillary

The Zebra, gulf fritillary, and the Julia butterflies can recognize the passion flower plants very easily and they love to deposit their eggs on these plants. The gulf fritillary butterfly which is orange in color is also called as passion butterfly (Agraulis vanillae). The eggs of gulf fritillary are yellow in color. The larva are bright orange in color with numerous black branched spines and are toxic. The pupa of the gulf fritillary looks like a dried up leaf and is creamish yellow to brownish in color. Usually the females deposit a single egg on the leaves of the passion flower.  Once the egg hatches first the caterpillar eats the eggshell.
Passion Flower

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