Well maybe the Title is subject to different interpretations. The only thing steamy going on around here is the weather. Summer is fast approaching and the South Florida heat and humidity is fast climbing.
This week has been hotter than a goat's butt in a pepper patch as we say in the South.
Anyway the Passion that I am referring to happens to be the Passion Vine.
This one sprung up next to the concrete on my back porch. Instead of pulling it up I let er grow up the support of my back porch awning.
After it reached the awning roof I strung out some wire in both directions and the passion vine has been growing sideways along the wire.
It has gotten pretty big and I can sit on my back porch and watch what's happening with the vine. Turns out to be kind of interesting. The passion vine has lots of activity going on.
The Butterflies are attracted to it as a place to lay their eggs. There have been both Gulf Fritillarys and Zebras on the plant every day this week. It's what's known as a host plant for these Butterflies and they have flocked to my back porch to get to this plant.
Once the eggs are laid and hatch the Caterpillars emerge and start eating the Passion vine leaves.
This Caterpillar here shown munching away is from a Zebra Heliconian Butterfly.
Apparently they just hang around eating all day getting fatter and fatter. Kinda like humans in a way seems to me.
This Caterpillar is from a Gulf Fritillary Butterfly.
It too is enjoying the salad bar of the leaves of this Passion vine.
But you have to be tough to be a Caterpillar because as they are busy eating away other insects are eyeing them as a tasty lunch.
The Mockingbirds sure wouldn't pass up one of these plump morsels. But for now they stay away whenever someone is on the porch.
However their are other Caterpillar predators lurking in the Passion Vine .
This little fat cat fell victim to one of the many other insects that like to call the Passion vine home.
For those Caterpillars that survive they stop eating and move on to the next evolution which is forming their chrysalis.
This is one of the Zebra Caterpillars that formed a chrysalis on the Passion vine .
I watched it the other night as it gyrated itself around repeatedly weaving itself into a case.
It will stay this way for around 10 days and emerge as a new Zebra Butterfly.
The Passion Vine is covered in different insects as it gives out a sweet scent that is attractive to them.
I don't mind that the Caterpillars are eating the vine as it is cool just to sit and watch everything that is going on. And to be surrounded by Butterflies throughout the day is kinda neat also.
So now the Title becomes clear as I do have passion on the back porch :-]