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I planted a maypop (purple) passion vine about a month ago for a beginnerís butterfly garden..

Posted by allandall | June 07, 2010 09:38am | Viewed 2765 times | 1 replies | Last replied by MariaBBB on June 14, 2010 02:30am

Within a week, it had 6 or 8 caterpillars feeding happily. Now, there are no caterpillars that I can see, but I do see a lot of ants. Did they eat my caterpillars? If so, what can I do about it?


June 14, 2010 02:30am

Ants seems to really like passion vine for some reason, but they don't eat your caterpillars. Sometimes birds get them, especially when they get big and easier to spot. But once they get big, they are also getting ready to go and pupate (become chrysalises). That means that maybe you saw them yesterday, and now they've disappeared because they've moved to their next stage.

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