The 2nd season for the Red Flame Grapes is coming to an end. Production was great. There were many bunches of grapes although the size of the fruit was pretty small but flavorful. The vine has grown vigorously over the arbor and along both sides of the adjoining fence.
(Notice the Luffa Gourd in the background, right? Not one stinking bloom. Nothing. Also note Pumpkin loitering around the grapevine. This will come into play on the last photo.) The grapevine is doing great with few pest problems. Throughout the summer I found a few hornworms on the vine as well as on the ground below. Those critters were squished. This evening I saw something a little unusual.
I’ve never seen a hornworm any other color but green. Because of the unusual color (to me), I’m leaving this guy alone to see what happens. Maybe the birds will spot it easier. Maybe it will form an unusual pupae. It can’t do much damage now and I’ll deal with any of its offspring next year.