All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

The Passionflower is the host plant for the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly. The plant has evolved extra-floral nectaries on the flower sepals and leaf bases to attract ants (see previous photo). Not to be outsmarted by a plant, this butterfly is laying one ...
The Passionflower is the host plant for the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly. The plant has evolved extra-floral nectaries on the flower sepals and leaf bases to attract ants (see previous photo). Not to be outsmarted by a plant, this butterfly is laying one of her eggs on the end of the vine's tendrils. By the time the caterpillar eats its' way to the end of the tendril, it should be large enough to not be eaten by the ants. Isn't nature amazing?!

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