The July 16th outing saga continues! As we started to climb in elevation, we happened upon the Woolly Dutchman’s Pipevine (Aristolochia tomentosa)! Of course, the elevation climb is really not that much. But this area did not have standing water as it was on a slight slope above the bottomlands.

We were pleasantly surprised to find the Pipevine!

And the vines were huge!

Then we saw the baby caterpillars of the Pipevine Swallowtails!

The young leaves were quite woolly!

Can you believe how big this vine is?

Turkeytail fungus was plentiful!

Vine after vine was in the area. This was certainly the motherlode!

The biggest cat we found was spectacular!

A group of early instars!

The caterpillar feels rubbery!

Around the vine goes!

Besides the caterpillars, we found a planthopper exuvia.

This vine has a sharp bend!

Two vines twisted together to climb. Do you wonder if that is how it could climb?

Hiding in plain sight, a Daddy longlegs!

What a tangle!

After we started back to vehicle, we finally saw one adult .

It was dining on Spoonflower (Clitoria mariana)! So as you can imagine, we were most certainly thrilled with the Pipevine!

Keep looking!


  1. Wow, that is truly an amazing set of vines! And those wonderful cats always remind me of little dinosaurs.

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