Thursday, September 04, 2008
An Abundance Of Passion
This passionfruit was still deep green, but it simply let go and fell from the vine when I touched it, so I think it is ripe. Each little amphora-shaped packet holds a bit of juice and a seed.
As I've said before, I find the native passionfruit pretty tasteless, so, no, I did not taste this particular fruit.
The caterpillar in the top pic is the larvae of ...
... the Gulf Fritillary butterfly.
It's hard to say who is more eye catching, the pollinator or the pollinatee in that relationship.
The passionflower vine is now almost 75% denuded due to the abundance of GF caterpillars feasting on it presently.
On some of the stems you can find the cast off molts of the GF caterpillars like the one in the picture above ... at least, that's what I make of it.
It certainly doesn't look like a dead body ... just a covering that doesn't fit anymore ... like those jeans in the spring after a winter of comfort food.
They've grown rapidly from tiny bits just a few weeks ago to 3 inch long ready to pupate larvae. There are not many passionvine leaves left, so they'd better get on with it.