2011 was such a devastating year for the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly, at least in my backyard. The drought was so bad I think it affected many Butterflies, but in terms of normal abundance, this species was hit pretty hard. Fast forward to 2012, and now January 2013 and these Butterflies have really made a comeback. I still have some Chrysalises around the yard waiting to hatch and as long as these temperatures remain in the 60′s to 70′s, these creatures are the first ones taking flight in the morning. This purple plant, the Trailing Purple Lantana, has stayed in bloom all winter. It covers most of the area behind my pool, and all species of Butterflies are grateful.