Category Archives: Pipevine Swallowtail

First Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Of 2011 In Wildflowers

It was a beautiful day outside and once the weather warmed up just a bit, the Butterflies started emerging from their Chrysalises (Monarchs) or they wandered over to our Butterfly and Hummingbird garden. This is the first Pipevine Swallowtail we have seen in 2011, and it was going crazy on the red Wildflowers.  It was […]

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Butterflies Found At Country Inn And Cottages

Since Wildseed Farms was suffering the effects of the Texas drought, I was unable to take any pictures of Butterflies feeding on their wildflowers.  That didn’t stop me from looking around Country Inn And Cottages (where Leecy and I went for vacation). One day while Leecy and I were investigating the property looking for Deer […]

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Pipevine Swallowtail Chrysalis

Yesterday John left a comment on the blog about posting a picture of a Pipevine Chrysalis. Well, here it is. Leecy is too afraid to be a hand model, so she held up a paper towel for the background. This particular Chrysalis was brought inside because it made the Chrysalis right above the air conditioner […]

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Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillars May Make It

It looks like the Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillars will survive and won’t run out of food.  They found almost every small piece of Pipevine (Fimbriata type) and I only see one of them still eating.  I found 3 of them near the roof of the house.  Two of them already converted to Chrysalis, and the other […]

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Butterflies Were Everywhere Today

Holy Cow!  Today there were Butterflies everywhere in the backyard.  We had a Monarch, Question Mark, Variegated Fritillary, Giant Swallowtail, Gray Hairstreak, Eastern Black Swallowtail, some type of Crescent Butterfly, and a Pipevine Swallowtail. I got a few pictures, but I missed several and several others weren’t that good as I got over-excited. The plants […]

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Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillars Feeding

Finally some Butterfly Caterpillars to talk about. We’ve got two types of Pipevine, Giant Dutchman’s Pipevine and Dutchman’s Pipevine.  I haven’t seen anything on our Giant Dutchman’s Pipevine, but our Dutchman’s Pipevine has lots of Pipevine Butterfly Caterpillars on them.  This is also rather interesting (I think I’ve mentioned this before) because last year we […]

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Pipevine Swallowtail Lays Eggs On Dutchman’s Pipevine

Yesterday I saw what looked like either a Pipevine Swallowtail or a Spicebush Swallowtail flying around the garden.  However, by the time I got close enough to get a picture, it had of course moved on.  Luckily, Leecy went out in the garden and started looking at the Dutchman’s Pipevine and noticed the eggs (the […]

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How To Build A Successful Butterfly Garden Videos

I thought I would put together some brief videos on how to create a successful Butterfly Garden for my last day of vacation. There are a total of 5 videos, each one is less than 2 minutes long.  Watching these should give you a decent idea of how to start (or continue) a successful Butterfly […]

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Butterflies After The Rain

It’s been raining here since yesterday afternoon.  Finally at about 3 the sun came out and the rain disappeared.  That also brought out lots of Butterflies.  They’ve probably been sheltering under leaves for quite a while.  Just in five minutes I was able to count 5 Gulf Fritillary, 4 Monarchs, 1 Pipevine, 1 Polydamas, and […]

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Polydamas Vs Pipevine Vs Eastern Black Swallowtail Eggs

We had a very active Pipevine Swallowtail laying eggs today.  As I was watching this Butterfly lay her eggs, I started to get confused about the differences between Polydamas, Pipevine, and Eastern Black Swallowtails.  Here are some of the differences and similarities. Polydamas Swallowtails don’t have the “tails” like Eastern Black and Pipevine Swallowtails Pipevine […]

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Finally Some Butterflies

Once we finished walking along the creek (or river), we hiked along a trail that had lots of vines, low grasses, and in one case, a tasty roof (I’ll explain shortly).  Some of these Butterflies I have never seen in my backyard, so it was refreshing to witness something new. Here’s a Gray Hairstreak.  I […]

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Pipevine Or Polydamas?

We’re up to around 90 of these Pipevine or Polydamas caterpillars.  I always thought they were Pipevine but I’ve been seeing so many of the Polydamas Swallowtail’s laying eggs on the Pipevine that now I’m not so sure.  One thing is for sure, they not only are born side by side, but they apparently continue […]

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Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillars Up Close

Our “collection” (not really a collection as we always release them) of Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars is really growing.  Right now we have somewhere close to 50-60 Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars in several enclosures.  I knew the eggs were all laid together (not one at a time like the Monarch) but I didn’t realize that these guys […]

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Butterfly Nursery

You’ve heard me mention about our Butterfly Nursery, but I don’t think I’ve ever shown you any pictures to illustrate was is actually being done until now. Since most Monarchs are off migrating, the majority of the Butterflies we have are the Swallowtails.  Their eggs are really tiny, and they tend to be born in […]

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