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#2382574 - 10/05/17 04:11 PM Another one for Scott The Bug Man.
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I have a wild Maypop vine at my factory and I went out looking for some fruits to pick today (they are delicious) and these scary-looking beasts have pretty much defoliated the vine completely. They aren't on anything else but that vine. What kind of caterpillars are they?

Is there any way I can get rid of 'em?

Thanks for the info!


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#2382577 - 10/05/17 04:20 PM Re: Another one for Scott The Bug Man. [Re: Orange_Crush]
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Good God! I looked at the pic first, then the next thing I saw was "they are delicious".

Glad to read the rest.

Cool Caterpillar!

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#2382578 - 10/05/17 04:21 PM Re: Another one for Scott The Bug Man. [Re: Pacnorthcuda]
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Eat the 'piller, and pick your teeth at the same time. grin
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#2382585 - 10/05/17 04:28 PM Re: Another one for Scott The Bug Man. [Re: Orange_Crush]
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I did a little research and found out what they are. They are called "Gulf Fritillary caterpillar and those scary-looking spikes are actually soft. They turn into a bright-orange butterfly.

Funny thing is that the vine that they are on is the only thing they eat.
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#2382598 - 10/05/17 05:01 PM Re: Another one for Scott The Bug Man. [Re: Orange_Crush]
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Loc: St. Louis, Mo
Originally Posted By Orange_Crush
I did a little research and found out what they are. They are called "Gulf Fritillary caterpillar and those scary-looking spikes are actually soft. They turn into a bright-orange butterfly.

Funny thing is that the vine that they are on is the only thing they eat.


Picky little suckers, aren't they... smoke

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#2382606 - 10/05/17 05:28 PM Re: Another one for Scott The Bug Man. [Re: Pacnorthcuda]
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Originally Posted By Pacnorthcuda
Good God! I looked at the pic first, then the next thing I saw was "they are delicious".



I read it the same way........ puke
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#2382782 - 10/05/17 10:37 PM Re: Another one for Scott The Bug Man. [Re: Orange_Crush]
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Quote:
They are called "Gulf Fritillary caterpillar and those scary-looking spikes are actually soft. They turn into a bright-orange butterfly.


Correct! Pretty butterflies. graulis vanillae, the underside spots look white but are actually reflective silver.


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#2382863 - 10/06/17 07:47 AM Re: Another one for Scott The Bug Man. [Re: ScottSmith_Harms]
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This is what I thought of... nervous


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