Two butterflies on Pentas at center. Poles at top in my tomato patch.
You have to get close to know if it is a Pipevine or
Spicebush Swallowtail. No Black or Giants just yet.
I'm seeing larger numbers: twos, threes and fours where there was only one a few days ago on any planting of nectar hosts.
Black Cherry Heirloom Tomatoes in my patch.
Today in my email was Texas Seeds, a weekly garden newsletter. Among the articles is a story by Doreen Howard about talking with Dr. Jerry Parsons about providing enough seeds for a TAMU trial of an Heirloom black Tomato that she's grown for years called Southern Nights.
I think this one is Green Zebra. Ugly?
So what do butterflies have to do with tomatoes? Nothing, really but as I was making pics today, this was the last one on my card, hard to make out, but a Tiger Swallowtail I was chasing stopped on my Flamme Tomato plant in the Front Garden
Hard to make out, but he's a little sliver of pale yellow in the upper center, just under two orange flowers behind him.
I'm hoping for more and more butterflies soon. Gulf Fritillaries are appearing, I saw a Red Spotted Purple day before yesterday. The only Sulphurs I'm seeing now are Dog-face. Skippers are out and about.
American Painted Ladies and Buckeyes that were plentiful in spring are scarce now. I saw a Zebra Swallowtail in the past few days.
Pentas, Duranta and Crocosmia are the most popular nectar plants right now. Porterweed and Tithonia are largely ignored.
Are you seeing more butterflies?