For a few days I had noticed small balls of what I thought were caterpillar droppings under the climbing vines but had not been able to locate any pests. I must admit I was casual in my search, as I had never heard of, nor seen Money Plants attacked by caterpillars. Mealy bugs, yes, but caterpillars, never.
To my dismay I realized, overnight the ivy vines had been devastated
My only regret was that I could not afford to have them devour my balcony plants to appreciate their subsequent transformation into adulthood
The Money Plants are gradually recovering from the onslaught, but one Hibiscus appears to have succumbed to the infestation.