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Happenings in the insect world
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by Roxanne Schorbach
on July 10, 2017 at 12:39 PM
Beautiful! I found these lovely caterpillars on my passion plant over the weekend and didn't know what they were until I found your article and confirmed the Gulf Fritillary.
by Kathy wiles
on March 26, 2019 at 6:28 AM
What can I do to detour them away (besides pick them off my vine) is there a spray that I could use? I no longer have my beautiful purple Passion flowers as of last year 2018. We live on 10 acres, woodsy, somehow they’ve found me.
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on March 29, 2019 at 9:06 PM
What some people use who don't want caterpillars--not us!--is the biological insecticide, Dipel Bacillus thuringiensis (BT).
by TheLastGonzoWriter78
on April 9, 2019 at 11:14 AM
Riddle me this Bug Squad:  
What are the innocent passion flower vines of Central Florida to do when their leaves are swarmed upon, like Old Testament plague of locusts, devouring all but 2 or 3 leaves left on a whole vine? I am not trying to give the new nicotine-based pesticides a run for the best butterfly killer, but is there a way for me to possibly capture the caterpillars and send the caterpillars to regions that once had this species,(due to human errors in our planet's environment) but now are extinct or on the edge of extinction? The only reasons I do this is for my garden and the environment; as I see it, I have an over-abundance of a regional pollinator, which is all but gone in other parts of the United States.(I know I have bad grammar but I’m not writing for a Pulitzer). I just want to know if I can send these caterpillars to other people in the country, without upsetting the balance of nature or causing an environmental issue? I am offering these caterpillars to anyone who might need them, for free or price of shipping. Please let me know if it is possible to capture the caterpillars, keep them feed and watered and healthy, until they have reached their destination? If so what can I do to capture, safely care and properly house the caterpillars? Also any other ideas would be great.  
 
Thank You  
EGLove78
 
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