Saturday, July 27, 2013

Butterflies, Butterflies, Giants!

They're appearing daily in larger numbers. Butterflies seldom stand still for pics.

Gulf Fritallaries are showing up in 2s and 3s where there was just one here and there just a few days ago.

Tiny Checkerspot on Lantana
First Giant Swallowtail of the Season!

Gulf Fritallary on the only Datura blooming.

Gulf Frit on Tithonia
Pipevine Swallowtail on Tithonia. Swallowtails chase
off the Gulf Frits.

Two Pipevine Swallowtails, the second one is hard to see.
They enjoy all those Pentas.

Busy, busy nectaring.

A last Pipevine Swallowtail glimpse.
We're seeing Spicebush Swallowtails, too.

A very fuzzy view of FOUR Swallowtails playing.
Their numbers grow daily.


  1. Wonderful photos Nell.

    Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

  2. Oh my goodness ~ how wonderful. Don't they just make you happy?!

  3. Butterflies do seem to be everywhere. Too bad, they are caterpillars first. I am seeing hummingbirds daily as well. Dumb question, but caterpillars do eat your plants, right?

  4. There are caterpillars that make butterflies and there are caterpillars that make less than desirable moths.

    If you have caterpillars on your roses, they are NOT going to be a pretty butterfly.
    Hornworms on your tomatoes are the larvae of a night-flying moth. I don't feel bad at all about picking them off.

    Caterpillars on parsley, dill or fennel eat it right down to the ground and hatch into a super butterfly. Most butterflies have a specific host, a few have more than one. It might be your snapdragons.

  5. Still no butterflies to speak of.
    Maybe it is too early in the season. I sure hope so.
    No cats on my parsley or fennel either.

    Some think it is the widespread of herbicides that is causing the shortage here......I sure hope not.

  6. It does seem that the butterflies were slow to appear this year, but they are finally arriving here too. I enjoy seeing the different ones you get there in your area.


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