First Variegated Frit Cat in Several Years!
I've seen adulted variegated frits a few times each year since the hurricane (2005) but I've had no cats. In the past, I found a good many of them on my passionvines, usually early in the year before the gulf frits had eaten them down. If I found them later in the year, it was usually on common violets. I thought the obvious reason they used violets later in the year was because of the competition from GFs, but now I'm wondering if there's more to it than that. I've only recently found a dozen GFs, with plenty of passionvine leaves left, including plenty of P. incarnata, their favorite, but I found this one basking in the sunshine on violets in my garden!
We have lots of rabbits and squirrels here, and one or the other of them get in my garden and eat many of the violets to the ground each year, including this year. So I wonder how many variegated frits get eaten in the process? I only found this one - wish there were more!