Gulf Frits Everywhere!
I've got about a dozen gulf frit caterpillars in a cage, plus about three dozen chrysalides in cages, with a few emerging every day, and there are too many cats to count on the vines outside. They've eaten most of the vines down to the nubs, so I transferred many of them to a very long vine that's grown way up in a black gum tree. This morning I saw a caterpillar way up at the highest part of the vine, so obviously at least one of them did some climbing!
There's nothing like gulf frits to perk me up. No matter how depressed I may be feeling, I don't feel that way when watching clouds of those orange beauties nectaring in my garden. They're enjoying lantana, butterfly bush, turk's cap, pentas, and especially coral porterweed these days. Here's one -