Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: I do believe that I finally have some Pipevine flowers and caterpillars!

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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
May 7, 2017 11:43 AM CST
The pipe vine I planted 4 years ago has really taken off this spring. I went out to see if I saw any little pipes and lo and behold I found the plant covered with these caterpillars. From what I was able to determine from the internet these are pipe vine butterfly caterpillars. Is this correct? BTW I did find a few pipes on the vines as well.
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Name: Melanie
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mellielong
May 7, 2017 7:08 PM CST
Yep, you've got Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars. Congrats!
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
May 8, 2017 8:33 AM CST
Good going, Dave! Hurray! Thumbs up
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
May 8, 2017 8:37 AM CST
Question Dave, since you said you planted four years ago; is it slow growing?

I ask because I THINK I might have some growing in one of my veggie gardens. Not sure yet what it is because it grows really slow.
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
May 8, 2017 11:57 AM CST
@wildflowers This one has been for me. I planted one that is native to Tennessee(Aristolochia tomentosa) but it has taken a while for it to get any substantial size. Will post a photo later.
Name: Melanie
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mellielong
May 8, 2017 6:33 PM CST
I also grow A. tomentosa and I have some on their third and some of their fourth year. It grew pretty slow the first two years, but then gets going. Florida has a longer growing season so that may help. I think it's best to plant natives. Especially pipevines because the tropical ones can be toxic to Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars.
Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
May 9, 2017 8:44 AM CST
Yeah I agree on planting natives. Here is a photo of mine along with a couple of flower photos.
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There are actually 3 plants here. Note the size of the one at the left compared to the two on the right.
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
May 9, 2017 8:55 AM CST
Thank you for posting pictures, Dave. It's a neat plant host for a pretty butterfly! Thumbs up

I'll keep an eye on my plant. It's growing on its own, I didn't plant it so if it is pipevine, probably one that grows here.
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Name: Dave
Dayton, TN (Zone 7a)
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TennesseeDave
May 12, 2017 2:29 PM CST
My gosh! These cats have increased in size 3 fold since last weekend.
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Name: Cheryl
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nativeplantlover
May 17, 2017 7:36 AM CST
Yee Haw! Good for you Dave, what luck! They're really nervous, fast moving little guys. My tomentosa just finally put our flowers which I'm posting photos for today. Now just cross my fingers and wait, and wait, and wait in Yankee land.
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Name: stone
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stone
Jul 27, 2017 1:32 PM CST
I have a pipevine cat too!

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Virginia snakeroot (Aristolochia serpentaria)

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Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jul 27, 2017 1:40 PM CST
Hurray! Thumbs up
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