It depends upon the species of caterpillar. Monarch butterfly caterpillars eat milkweed. Gulf Fritillary caterpillars eat only passionvine. Many moth caterpillars can eat several types of plants. Butterflies are the most particular. They can eat only very limited species of plants. Without those plants, they will starve. Harvester butterfly caterpillars are 'meat' eaters; they eat aphids. Some caterpillars are cannibals and will eat other caterpillars off and on, but not as their primary diet.
a caterpillar has hair
An adult caterpillar is not a caterpillar. It's a butterfly or moth! There are many different species.
I think the caterpillar is prey. For it is small.
Gulf Fritillary was created in 1758.
Most likely a gulf fritillary. Was it eating a passion vine?
This caterpillar is probably from the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), also known as the Passion butterfly. The orange stripes warn predators that it is toxic.
This caterpillar is from the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), also known as the Passion Butterfly. They feed exclusively on species of passionflower.
It's a Fritillary caterpillar, which then becomes a Fritillary butterfly. In my garden they seem to cluster and primarily eat passion flower vines. (Austin, Texas)
The Gulf fritillary eats the leaves and flowers of the passion vine. This is a host plant for this particular type of butterfly, which is bright orange in color.
Gulf Fritillary Catipillars they only feed on the passion vine
The accepted scientific name is Agraulis vanillae nigrior.
Glanville Fritillary was created in 1758.
Uncompahgre Fritillary was created in 1980.
Regal Fritillary was created in 1773.