Answer: Your vine was likely attacked by the bouganvillea caterpillar - a long name for a small creature! These caterpillars feast on leaves and stems most heavily in the warmth of spring, though there can be several generations per year. The adult is a small moth. To protect your vine, spray with a light summer oil such as Oil-Away from (Gardens Alive (5100 Schenely Rd., Lawrenceburg IN 47025; ph# 812/537-8650; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). I believe their Bt kurstaki would also work. Best of luck to you!
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